ECR GM inspects Digha-Sonepur bridge work

पटना Patna (PNBE): East Central Railway (ECR) GM A K Mittal on Wednesday inspected the ongoing work on the Digha-Sonepur rail cum road bridge from Patliputra station to Parmanandpur end.

ECR CPRO Arvind Rajak said Mittal directed the officials concerned to work in close coordination with the district officials of Patna and Saran to remove encroachments so that the approach roads could be built smoothly. Railways has now successfully erected viaducts on two spans of the superstructure of the bridge. The GM asked the agencies engaged in the work to complete the road deck also. The railways has completed almost all the 36 spans of the bridge, he said.

According to Mittal, railways has adopted a calculated strategy to complete the project in time and dedicate the longest rail cum road bridge to nation. Technical experts have been supervising the quality work of the bridge. The fabrication and erection work has been completed. The distance between two spans is about 131 metres, the CPRO said adding the rail portion of the bridge work has been completed at an estimated cost of Rs1,192 crore.

According to sources, though railways has set the deadline for completion of the work on March 31, 2015, the entire project is likely to be completed at an estimated cost of about Rs2,921 crore, which includes the cost of road construction on the bridge, sources said.

It will be the longest rail cum road bridge (about 4.5km) of Indian Railways. Railways is building Patliputra station in south and Pahelja station on the north end to cope with traffic flow after commissioning of the bridge. While Patliputra station is almost complete, work at Pahelja is going on as per schedule, sources said. The bridge will be about 9.075 metres long with 1.5 metres width for pedestrians. Railways is committed to making this bridge functional this year, sources said.