Construction work on several ambitious infrastructure projects has resumed with gradual relaxations given by the Centre in the lockdown, road construction department (RCD) minister Nand Kishore Yadav said on Wednesday. Some of the projects include Lohia Path Chakra, Ganga Path, Gandhi Setu bridge and R-Block flyover. TOI takes a look at the pace of development:
MAHATMA GANDHI SETU: “The rehabilitation work is going on in full swing and vehicular movement will start on the western flank of the bridge over river Ganga on June 15, Yadav said and added: “Work on the eastern flank will begin soon after vehicular movement starts on the western plank.”
KACHCHI DARGAH-BIDUPUR BRIDGE: The construction work on the six-lane bridge between Kachchi Dargah in Patna and Bidupur on Hajipur side over the Ganga is in its initial stages. “It is targeted to be complete by 2021-end. The bridge will also connect two national highways,” the RCD minister said.
DIGHA-AIIMS ELEVATED ROAD: It entails an expenditure of Rs. 1,231.06 crore. Initially targeted to be completed by March 2018, the project got delayed for permission from Railways. “More than 98% of the work on the 11.9km road is over. Hopefully, it will be completed as soon as the issues are resolved,” said a senior official at Bihar State Road Development Corporation Limited (BSRDCL).
R-BLOCK FLYOVER: “Two flanks of the R-block flyover — one on Beerchand Patel Marg and another connecting Bhikhari Thakur rail overbridge (ROB) — are expected to be ready by June-end,” said Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Limited (BRPNNL) managing director Surendra Yadav. “The remaining work on the 1.27km-long R-Block flyover, connecting Mithapur ROB to Bhikhari Thakur ROB on Hardinge Road via R-Block will require another six-eight months to complete,” he added.
LOHIA PATH CHAKRA PROJECT: Construction work on Lohia Path Chakra project between Lalit Bhavan and Vidyut Bhavan on Bailey Road has recommenced with a reduced number of workers. BRPNNL chairman Jitendra Srivastava said, “The priority now is the safety of the workers because of which we are taking extra precautions at the construction sites.”
GANGA PATH PROJECT: RCD minister said work on Ganga Path project is going on at a snail’s pace due to some disputes.
NEW TERMINAL BUILDING: The construction of the new terminal building and other auxiliary units at the Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport has resumed. Airport director Bhupesh CH Negi said around 51% of the work on the cargo complex, technical block, fire station, air traffic control tower and multi-level car parking has been completed. “The auxiliary buildings are likely to be operational by March 2021,” he said.
R-BLOCK-DIGHA ROAD: The construction work is likely to be completed by August this year, said RCD minister. “The project got delayed due to the lockdown,” he added.
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