New road to ease Ashok Rajpath snarls - Fifteen-month deadline for 6-km stretch from Gai Ghat to Rajendra Nagar

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By AMIT BHELARI
  • Published 23.04.12
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A hassle-free drive between Gai Ghat and Rajendra Nagar may not remain a distant dream. A new road connecting the two — to be opened within 15 months — could significantly reduce the commuting time.

Road construction minister Nand Kishore Yadav on Sunday told The Telegraph: “Work on the new road has begun from the day before yesterday (on Friday). Engineers have started taking the measurements. It would be completed within 15 months.”

Once complete, the travel time between Gai Ghat and Rajendra Nagar would come down to five minutes. At present, it takes around half an hour.

The minister added that Rs 17 crore would be spent on the construction on the 6-km-stretch parallel to Ashok Rajpath. The eastern end of the new thoroughfare would be near Mahendru and it would end near Premchand Rangshala at Rajendra Nagar in the southwest direction. The 7-km width of the road would have two lanes.

“Ashok Rajpath is considered to be the most congested road in Patna. A large number of autos ply on the stretch. Traffic congestion is a serious problem on this thoroughfare, especially in areas near Sultanganj, Alamganj and Mahendru, where vehicles are usually stranded for hours,” said Yadav.

Besides Ashok Rajpath, commuters can also take the three flyovers at Bahadurpur, Kankerbagh and Chiraiyatar to reach Rajendra Nagar from Gai Ghat. This also takes around half an hour.

The minister said: “Once the new road is complete, the traffic burden on Ashok Rajpath would go down considerably. Gai Ghat-bound commuters will not use Ashok Rajpath anymore. They will take the new road.”

Commuters also believe that the new road would provide them considerable relief. Alamganj resident Akhilesh Singh said: “The new road will be a boon for me and many others who have to take Ashok Rajpath quite often to reach Rajendra Nagar. Once you are stuck in a snarl on this road, you may not be able to come out for hours. Taking the three flyovers also takes a lot of time. The new route would provide considerable relief to all of us.”