Flyover first on Lalu's once turf
Patna: Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday laid the foundation stone for Bihar's first double-decker flyover in Chhapra town, to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 411 crore.
Nitish promised more development schemes in Chhapra, a constituency which has been represented by RJD chief Lalu Prasad several times and from where Lalu's wife Rabri Devi lost in the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
Nitish promised that the double-decker flyover project would be completed within four years.
"We believe in development with justice. Development is being done to all sections of the society," he declared.
Once the flyover is complete the local people will get relief from traffic jams they have to face on a daily basis, Nitish said.
"I would like to congratulate the road construction department for the move," he said in the town around 68km north-eat of Patna.
"They came to me saying that due to increased population traffic jams had increased in town and without an elevated road the problem can't be solved."
The chief minister claimed that maximum sale of two-wheelers in the country was in Bihar and their sale in the state was maximum in Saran and Gopalganj districts. He said that the double-decker flyover will have pedestrian paths on both sides.
Nitish also claimed that people coming from outside the state were impressed by the quality of state highways in Bihar.
"We are not only constructing roads. We are also ensuring quality and their maintenance," he stressed.
Speaking about his other achievements, he said till now power connection has been provided to all houses has been provided in eight districts and in the next two months the task will be accomplished in 13 districts.
"If basic infrastructure is provided in villages the rush towards towns and cities will decline," Nitish said.
The chief minister also praised health minister Mangal Pandey for what he called speeding up the health infrastructure in the state. Nitish promised that construction of a medical college in Chhapra will start soon.
The chief minister said that the state government was using its own resources to give old-age pension. He also defended his decision to clamp total prohibition on Bihar.
He spoke on projects he had started to empower women in the state, which included scholarship for studies and incentives for graduates and postgraduates.
Local Lok Sabha member Rajev Pratap Rudy, deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, MPs from Maharajganj and Gopalganj Janardan Sigriwal and Janak Ram, and several other leaders were present on the occasion.