Patna पटना (PNBE): East Central Railway (ECR) GM Madhuresh Kumar on Saturday inspected the ongoing work on the Digha-Sonepur rail-cum-road bridge in Patna and directed officials concerned to maintain a close coordination with district officials of Patna and Saran to remove all encroachments on roads for smooth construction of the bridge. The bridge is to be commissioned on March 31, 2015.
Giving this information, ECR CPRO Arvind Rajak said the GM also directed officials to float tenders for the leftover work.
The GM asked the agencies engaged in the work to complete girder erection work fast and complete road deck also. Out of 36 spans, railways has almost completed 24 spans of the bridge, 13 from the south end and 11 from the north end, sources said.
According to ECR GM, railways has adopted a calculated strategy to complete the project in time and dedicate the bridge to the nation by the end of March 2015. Technical experts of railways are supervising the quality of work of the bridge.
Besides, railways is carrying out fabrication and erection work on the rail bridge which is going on in full swing. The distance between two spans is about 131 metre.
According to sources, the whole project is likely to be completed at an estimated cost of about Rs 2,921 crore which includes cost of road construction work on the bridge. This is going to be the longest rail-cum-road bridge of Indian Railways having a length of about 4.5km.
This bridge will connect south and north ends to the state capital. Railways is building two stations Pataliputra in the south and Pahelja in the north end to cope with traffic flow after commissioning of the bridge. While Pataliputra station is almost complete, work on Pahelja railway station is going on, sources said.
According to Rajak, while width of the road on the bridge will be about 9.075 metre, the path for the convenience of the pedestrians will have 1.5 metre width.