Patna,(BiharTimes): The Centre on Tuesday agreed to issue no objection certificate (NOC) for a six-lane bridge over the river Ganga in Patna.
The new bridge will cost around Rs 2,000 crore. The agreement was finalized after chief minister Nitish Kumar’s meeting with Union minister for road transport and highways, C P Joshi, in New Delhi on Tuesday.
The new bridge will connect Kachchi Dargah in east of Patna with Biddupur in Vaishali district and would run parallel to Mahatma Gandhi Setu. It is to be constructed under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode and likely to be completed in five to six years time after the work starts.
If it is constructed it would be third bridge over Ganga in Patna alone. The rail-cum-road bridge is coming up in the west of Patna and is likely to be thrown open within a few months.
According to reports the state government had proposed this bridge last year after its attempts to repair the 5.75km-long cantilever Mahatma Gandhi Setu yielded no result as experts and consultants reported that its condition was beyond improvement.
The Union ministry has also agreed to maintain the Gandhi Setu till the new bridge comes up.
On completion, the new bridge will be handed over to the National Highway Authority of India for upkeep and maintenance.