bridges over Ganga
The state government has decided to improve connectivity between north and south Bihar by building 18 new bridges over River Ganga, involving an investment of ₹1,800 crore. Additional chief secretary (road construction) Amrit Lal Meena informed that the state CM has directed the agencies including the road construction department for this. The state government has planned to ease the traffic flow by constructing one bridge across river Ganga at almost every 40-km and they will be ready by the end of 2024. Land acquisition, forest clearance, and other requirements have been completed for smooth progress of work on all the proposed bridges. Before 2005, there were only four bridges with total 10 lanes across the Ganga but in the last 15 years, the chief minister gave impetus to more and more bridges. As a result, there are 18 bridges either ready or shall be ready within a span of five years with a total 62 lanes. Highlighting the connectivity from Patna to Hajipur and Sonepur, Meena said that efforts have been made to ease the traffic pressure through the construction of at least three new bridges and also a new 4-lane bridge parallel to JP Setu is under consideration. In addition, foundation work on a new four-lane bridge parallel to Mahatma Gandhi Setu has already started and that work is also underway on Kachchi Dargah-Bidupur six-lane bridge.