Cruising along an elevated road between the western and southern parts of the city in record time is set to become a reality for commuters soon.
The state government, through a competitive bidding on Tuesday, awarded the contract for the construction to Gammon India Limited.
An excited Naresh Mishra, a Digha resident, said: “At present, it takes us at least 90 minutes to reach Patna. The new road would not only reduce the distance of AIIMS-Patna from our locality but also be a fast connect between the two parts. We hope the agency completes the work within the stipulated time.”
Even those coming from outside Patna would be benefited, particularly once the Sonepur-Digha rail-cum-roadbridge becomes operational. Vehicles from north Bihar could use this bridge for a direct connectivity with the southern part of the city.
Road construction secretary Pratyaya Amrit, who is also the Bihar State Road Development Corporation Limited managing director, said: “In the financial bidding, Gammon India Ltd has been selected for the construction of semi-elevated/elevated road from AIIMS to Digha. Of 11 bidders, Gammon’s bid was Rs 717.4 crore.”
Sharing details about the project, Amrit said: “Work is likely to start in November and would be completed within three years.”
The project entails the construction of an 11.9-km semi-elevated/elevated road from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Patna, (on National Highway 98) to Digha (on Ganga driveway).
On the west, it would connect with the upcoming Sonepur-Digha rail-cum- roadbridge.
From Jharkhand, NH-98 enters the state through Aurangabad and Arwal districts before culminating at a point, which connects it with NH-31 that starts from Chhapra in north Bihar and passes through Patna.
From the AIIMS-Patna side, the first 3km of the proposed road would have two lanes on a semi-elevated structure. It would culminate at the Bailey Road flyover located between Jagdeo Path and Saguna Mor.
The remaining portion of the road would be elevated and would have four lanes.
Hindustan Construction Company Ltd, Simplex Infrastructure Ltd, Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd, Soma Enterprises Ltd, Punj Lloyd, Afcons Infrastructure Ltd, Larsen & Toubro Construction, Continental Engineering Company & SP Singla Joint Venture, Corsan-Carvian and Nagarjuna Construction Company Ltd were among the other bidders.