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Work on new bridge begins

East Central Railway (ECR), Hajipur, started the construction of a concrete bridge at Maripur over the railway tracks of the Muzaffarpur-Hajipur and Muzaffarpur-Narkatiaganj sections on Monday.

The Maripur road overbridge had collapsed on November 26 last year.

ECR has given the contract for the construction of the bridge to the Calcutta-based MP Mallick & Construction Company with a deadline of end-April 2014. Members of the engineering cell of the railway’s Hajipur division are also co-ordinating with the company concerned.

Sonepur divisional railway manager (DRM) Rajesh Tiwary said Rs 1.5 crore would be spent on the construction of a concrete bridge at Maripur.

District magistrate Anupam Kumar said he has directed the DRM Sonpeur to speed up the construction work. “Residents of Maripur and its adjoining areas of the township had petitioned me to exert pressure on the railway authorities for early construction. They are forced to travel a long distance to reach Maripur and its periphery owing to the bridge collapse,” said the DM.

The site engineer of MP Mallick & Construction Company, Ajay Jaiswal, said: “The design of the road overbridge over the railway tracks at Maripur has been slightly changed. The number of iron girders has been increased from four to seven on this bridge.”

“Traffic snarls on the bridge were frequent prior to its collapse. So, special attention would be given to construct a quality bridge,” said Jaiswal.