The Union Transport Ministry has cleared the extension of the Purvanchal Expressway to Bhagalpur via Patna in Bihar as before this the project was planned from Lucknow to Buxar. A team of the Union transport ministry is being sent to the state to prepare the feasibility study report. The consent over extension of this expressway under the Bharatmala project and other pending works on national highways passing through the state was reached in a recent meeting between the state transport minister and secretary of the union ministry of road transport and national highways, Giridhar Armani in New Delhi.
All pending works of national highways construction in the state would be fast-tracked and completed within scheduled timelines. The central ministry has issued directions for completion of the Koilwar-Bihta four-lane highway. Tender invitations were also decided for projects including ₹12,00-crore. The projects include the Danapur-Bihta elevated road which will shorten the distance between Patna and Ara, widening of four lanes of Adalwari-Manikpur, Manikpur- Sahebganj and Sahebganj- Areraj roads, among others.
The Centre also agreed to complete the alignment work of a bridge on Adalwari Manikpur road on Gandak river by the end of this month itself. The state further requested the central government to grant sanction for the remaining projects of 370-km roads under the Bharatmala and PM's special package. These include widening the four-lane of Sultanganj-Deoghar Kanwariya road and providing connectivity to Bodhgaya and Rajgir, both tourist places of the state, to the Amas-Darbhanga Expressway.