Work on Ganga Path to start soon
PATNA: Work on the 23.50km long Ganga Path from Digha to Kachchi Dargah along river Ganga is likely to start this year. The Rs3,160 crore ambitious project will be completed in four years and the contract for work is expected to be awarded by June, said road construction department (RCD) minister Nand Kishore Yadav. The government will seek loan from Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO).
Another big project likely to start this year is the border road along the porous Nepal border. The Centre will bear 46.67% of the total cost while the state’s contribution will be 53.33%. The state government has decided to seek loan from Nabard for the purpose.
The Ganga Path will add to the beauty of the riverfront in the state capital. After abortive attempts to attract private investors, the state government decided to go ahead on its own with its dream project, also touted as Marine Drive of Patna or Ganga Expressway. “The cabinet last week gave its nod to seek a loan of Rs2,000 crore from HUDCO while the remaining Rs1,160 crore will be arranged by the state government through its own resources,” Yadav told TOI.
The tender is likely to be issued by Bihar State Road Development Corporation by the end of April, he added.
Out of the Rs3,160 crore, Rs2,770 crore will be spent on the construction of road and elevation work and Rs390 crore on land acquisition and utility shifting. The HUDCO has agreed to provide loan at a floating interest rate of 10.75% and it has to be returned in 16 years after the completion of the project.
“The Ganga Path will change the face of Patna. It will not only ease the ever-increasing traffic load on Ashok Rajpath but also lead to an easy traffic flow from east to west Patna,” Yadav said and added that the road will be elevated from A N Sinha Institute down to Dullighat in Patna City.
The toll will be levied on the vehicles either on entry or exit points. The Ganga Path will be connected to Ashok Rajpath at nine points.
The 552.29km-long border road has been sanctioned by the Union ministry of home affairs and it will cost Rs1,702 crore. Starting from Gobarhiya village on UP border, it will go down to Galgalia on West Bengal border, passing through seven districts of East and West Champaran, Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Supaul, Araria and Kishanganj. The cabinet has approved the proposal to seek loan from Nabard for this project.
This central scheme is for all the five states which have borders with Nepal but, as Yadav said, it was the state which took the initiative and submitted the DPR to the ministry.
“This road will solve many problems caused by the porous border and also strengthen the border outposts of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). All the SSB outposts will be connected with the border road,” he added.
Source: Times of India