Bihar to construct road on Indo-Nepal border

PATNA: The Bihar government today said they will construct 557.35 km parallel two-lane road on the Indo-Nepal border.

To be completed by 2016, the estimated cost of Rs 1782 crore will be borne by the Centre, state road construction minister Nand Kishore Yadav told reporters here.

The project will be spread over seven districts – West Champaran, East Champaran, Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Suraul, Araria and Kishanganj and will be a parallel one to the East-West corridor passing through the state, he said.

The road project will kick off from Sitamarhi district in April this year where 24.05 km road will be built between Phulwariaghat and Bahar village on Lalwakia river at an estimated cost of Rs 70.56 crores following approval of the Detailed Project Report (DPR) by the Centre.

The tender in this regard has been floated and 13 bids received from construction companies.

The state government has submitted the DPR for another 213 km road project to the Centre for approval, Yadav said.

The project upon completion will immensely benefit economic activities and help improve security in the bordering districts along the Indo-Nepal border as all 191 border outposts of the Shashatra Seema Bal (SSB) located in the state will be connected to the road project through link road, the minister said.

He, however, said that the actual cost of the 557.35 km parallel road project may escalate to Rs 2500 crores or even more and the state government has decided to bear the remaining cost other than those approved by the Centre.

The state government will also bear the cost for land acquisition for the road project and its maintenance and construction bridges on the proposed project, the road construction minister said.

A tract of 118 kms national highway located near the proposed road project, including a bridge constructed on Koshi river in Supaul district, will be modernised under various schemes which will be additional to the 557.35 km parallel road project, he said.

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