The Union ministry of road transport and highways (MoRTH) has given its clearance to build a 104-km long road from Manikpur to Areraj in East Champaran into a four-lane via Sahebganj. It will later connect to Gorakhpur in UP and Kathmandu in Nepal at an investment of ₹1,500 crore. The road is being strengthened by NHAI under the Bharatmala Pariyojna and will connect many religious places of importance, Additional chief secretary, road construction department (RCD). Amrit Lal Meena informed that the district magistrates of Saran and Vaishali have launched the land acquisition in their respective jurisdiction so that the work on the fresh stretch of the NH could start as quickly as possible. Once the four-lane road is ready, it would become a matter of barely two-three hours to reach Patna and AIIMS from any corner of north-western towns of the state. The NHAI has allocated nearly ₹600 crore to acquire land and build the road with one reinforced concrete cement (RCC) bridge on the river Gandak. The agency has initiated land acquisition in East Champaran and Muzaffarpur districts to widen around to develop the Manikpur-Areraj stretch into a four-lane stretch.
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