Bihar govt has planned to build four expressways, state highways and ring roads around important towns of the state to decongest traffic.
Under the Bharatmala Project (Phase-2), ₹29,000-crore six-lane Gorakhpur-Siliguri greenfield expressway which will have 416-km stretch in Bihar, ₹19,000-crore Varanasi-Kolkata greenfield expressway passing through Kaimur, Rohtas, Aurangabad and Gaya, ₹20,000-crore Raxaul-Haldia greenfield project via Raxaul, East Champaran, Muzaffarpur, Vaishali, Hajipur and Banka and the Patna-Ara-Sasaram greenfield expressway which will be connected to Ara ring road with a 12-km connecting road at an estimated cost of ₹381-crore, will give a major boost to the state.
Under the Bharatmala Project (Phase-1), 23 projects have been selected involving 1017-km road at an estimated cost of ₹23,240 crore and the contractor has been selected for five while tendering process is underway for three other projects. In the recent past, the centre government has built well-oiled roads even covering the Maoist-affected regions and also along the 729 kms long Indo-Nepal border starting from Madanpur in West Champaran and passing through several districts of the state. While the 167-km stretch is part of NH-104, construction and land acquisition are on for another 552-km stretch. All these projects are expected to be completed by December 2023.