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Saturday , March 1 , 2014
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Cabinet seal on speed project

The state cabinet on Friday gave its nod to construct multi-section interchange facility between Lalit Bhavan and Vidyut Bhavan on Bailey Road for hassle-free drive.

The purpose of the multi-section interchange points, including an elevated bridge and four underpasses, at several junctions is to de-congest the city’s lifeline — Bailey Road.

The average traffic movement on the Bailey Road stretch between Lalit Bhavan and Vidyut Bhavan is 2,000 vehicles per hour.

“The cabinet approved the road construction department’s proposal to construct the multi-section interchange facility for smooth ride on Bailey Road. It would be built under Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF),” cabinet secretariat department’s principal secretary Brajesh Mehrotra told reporters here.

The multi-section interchange points would be built at an estimated cost of Rs 391.47 crore, Mehrotra said. Underpasses, flyover and elevated corridor would be built at four junctions on Bailey Road — Lalit Bhavan, Punaichak and Hartali Mor and Boring Road Junction.

Mehrotra said the proposed facility would be ready for use before the completion of the construction of the upcoming Patna Museum (on Bailey Road) that would be inaugurated by March 2015.

Under the scheme, pavements, pedestrian crossing, software controlled solar light, landscaping, integrated drainage system, separated U-turn based multi-sectional interchange would be constructed, Mehrotra said.

After getting an in-principle approval from chief minister Nitish Kumar on November 25, 2013, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT) and Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Limited (BRPNNL) for the implementation of the innovative traffic management model in the city, sources said.

Engineers from FITT, an industrial wing of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, found solution to the infamous traffic snarls on the stretch of Bailey Road between Lalit Bhavan and Vidyut Bhavan. Using a mix of their new inventions — swap-based traffic interchange and grade separated U-turn based traffic interchange — the FITT engineers devised a model utilising combination of small elevated bridges and underground tunnels at the four traffic junctions to de-congest the stretch of Bailey Road. Both technologies, which are awaiting patent rights by FITT, eradicate the concept of traffic signals.

Nod to bridges

The state cabinet cleared the construction of four bridges — two in Lakhisarai and one each in Muzaffarpur and Patna — at a consolidated cost of around Rs 115 crore. The cabinet altogether gave nod to seven decisions on Friday.