| Road construction secretary Pratyaya Amrit addresses the news meet on Friday. Picture by Deepak Kumar |
The inauguration of a mega bridge would change lives in Mithilanchal forever.
Located around 200km northeast of Patna, the flyover would not only reduce travel time to Darbhanga but would enable farmers to take the route to sell their produce.
Chief minister Nitish Kumar would inaugurate the bridge between Baluaha Ghat and Gandual over Kosi river in Saharsa on Saturday.
The bridge would provide direct connectivity between Saharsa and Supaul. Constructed at a cost of Rs 531.1516 crore, the 2.5km long bridge would change the lives of people in the Kosi region. Started in December 2009, the bridge has been completed well before the scheduled date — January 14, 2014.
“The benefit of the bridge is immeasurable. It is nothing short of a revolution and is a historic achievement. It would not only change the lives of people in that region but will also bring economic transformation,” road construction department secretary Pratyaya Amrit said.
Baluaha Ghat lies about 20km west of Saharsa in the vast flood-prone riverine area. The new bridge will work as a lifeline for the people. They would not have to depend on boats any more. They would also be able to sell their products in the market without difficulty. The seven-hour journey to Darbhanga would come down to three hours.
The 10.2m-wide bridge is supported by 41 spans and has been constructed by S.P. Singla Construction Pvt. Ltd, a Haryana-based company.
“The business in this area will also surge. Farmers would benefit the most as they had to cover a long distance to sell their produce. Now, they can go directly to Saharsa market and sell their products like corn, wheat, makhana, dalhan, fish and others. Earlier, they used to take boats, which was a time-taking and tedious affair,” Amrit said.
On completion of the bridge before the scheduled date, Amrit said: “All those related to this project have showed dedication to construct the bridge well in advance. The bridge will help to improve the life of the people and very soon, everyone will see its impact.”
The bridge will also be beneficial from a tourist point of view, as places like Kusheshwar Sthan, Singhehwar and Soneversa Temple could be developed as important spots. Incidents of boat mishaps too would come down.
Nitish had laid the foundation stone of this bridge on December 10, 2009 and inspected the construction work during his Seva Yatra on December 13, 2011. For three weeks, the construction work was hampered when one of its spans fell in the river earlier this year.
Amrit also said the construction of a 13km-long extended portion of the approach road of Baluaha Ghat bridge, including construction of a 500m-long bridge across river Kamla with footpaths on both side and protection work between Gandaul and Biraul up to Hanti Kothi is going on. Once the approach road is completed, Baluaha Ghat Bridge will be connected to state highway-56 making the traffic and journey more comfortable.