PATNA: Contruction work on the 21-km-long 4-lane elevated road between Danapur and Bihta is likely to commence soon after the end of the bidding process by August 29, state road construction minister Nitin Nabin told TOI on Friday.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) started the biding process last month and the project is targeted to be completed in a period of 30 months by utilising funds to the tune of Rs3,737.51 crore, Nabin said. “The NHAI initiated the bidding process in July and interested firms can submit their bids by August 29. Thereafter, mobilisation period will be given to the contractor, following which the construction work will start,” Nabin said, adding that the groundwork may start after monsoon.
Besides the elevated road, a 4-km-long four-lane road will be constructed from Bihta to Koilwar as part of the project.
Claimed to be the longest elevated road in east India, the Danapur-Bihta road will also have a 600-metre tunnel for entry of vehicles in the proposed civil enclave at Bihta airbase. The elevated road will have four bypasses between Shivala and Bihta- Neoraganj, Painal, Kanhauli and Bisunpura.
The road will start near Danapur DRM office and end at Koilwar. The project envisages construction of ramps at four places for convenience of motorists. The first ramp will be at Danapur, second at Shivala Mor, third at Bihta airport link and fourth on Bihta-Sarmera bypass. The project also envisages construction of an underpass between Bihta and Koilwar along with four small bridges in the same stretch.
The Centre had decided in October, 2019 to bear the construction cost while state government had to acquire land. “The state government is already finalising the land acquisition process. Hence, there would not be any delay in commencing the construction work,” Nabin said.
The minister said there was some initial delay owing to transfer of railways land near Danapur DRM office and change in alignment of the elevated road near Danapur station. The issue was, however, resolved in February. “A land parcel is being made available to the railways at Hardinge Park near Patna Junction in lieu of the land being acquired near Danapur DRM office,” Nabin said.
The minister said the Bihta-Sarmera road is a part of PM Narendra Modi’s special package he had announced for Bihar before the 2014 general elections. “The road is a part of Patna-Buxar project. While the Danapur-Bihta elevated road will go up to Koilwar via a four-lane road from Bihta, another four-lane road from Koilwar to Buxar is targeted to be completed by December this year,” Nabin said.
Nabin said the state government intends to connect the Danapur-Bihta elevated road with Purvanchal Expressway, which will aid in extending the expressway up to Bhagalpur.