Patna: Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said the road network in Bihar would be on a par with those in the United States by the end of 2024.
Addressing a function at Hajipur to launch 15 road and bridge projects in the state worth Rs 13,585 crore, including the inauguration of the restructured eastern flank of Mahatma Gandhi Setu, the minister said, “We have resolved under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi to change the infrastructure in the country. Former American president John F Kennedy once said American roads are not good because America is rich, but America is rich because American roads are good…I want to assure everyone that under the leadership of the PM and CM Nitish Kumar, the road network in Bihar will be on a par with those in America by the end of 2024.”
He added the Centre has been making greenfield or new highways across the country with an investment of Rs 1 lakh crore. “It includes the 118-km-long Patna-Ara-Buxar corridor, which will be merged with the Purvanchal expressway in Uttar Pradesh. Under the project, we have approved a 24-km-long elevated corridor from Patna to Koilwar and the bidding process for the same will be initiated by July,” Gadkari said.
The minister added work on Gorakhpur-Siliguri six-lane greenfield corridor will start by May next year. “The 620-km-long Varanasi-Kolkata Greenfield corridor will have 163km stretch in Bihar and work on it would start by February-March next year,” he said.
Gadkari said the 5.6-km-long Gandhi setu has been restructured by keeping the existing pillar intact and replacing the old concrete deck with a steel deck superstructure. He said 67,000 tonnes of steel have been used for restructuring the setu, making it the longest steel-made bridge in the country.





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