All decks have been cleared for the beginning of ambitious Ganga Path project which has been in pipeline for many years. Dubbed as the Marine Drive of Patna, the Ganga Path or Ganga Expressway will connect Digha to Kacchi Dargah along the river Ganga. The much anticipated work on 23.50 km expressway is likely to start soon. The tender for the same is likely to be issued by the second week of May by Bihar State Road Development Corporation and the contract will be finalized by June.
The total cost involved in this mega project is Rs. 3,160 crore, having time interval for its completion to be four years. After the private investors failed to appear on the horizon, the State government itself decided to go ahead with the project. The Cabinet has given approval to take loan of Rs. 2000 crore from Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) and the rest amount of Rs 1,160 crore is to be raised through the State resources. HUDCO has agreed to provide the loan at a floating interest rate of 10.75%, to be returned in 16 years after completion of the project. Out of total budget, a sum of Rs. 2,770 crore will be spent on the construction of road and elevation work and Rs. 390 crore on land acquisition and utility shifting.
The expressway will ensure a smooth flow of traffic between east to west Patna, and also ease the traffic congestion at Ashok Rajpath. There will be nine points on the expressway connected to Ashok Rajpath. It will be a toll road. The much anticipated project will give breath to the heavily congested roads of east to west Patna. It will not only give a beautiful riverfront but will also give boost to the economic activities of the area.
Features at a glance :
- Total length : 23.04 km
- Drive way : 4-Lane ~ 14 meter
- Drive way on bridge : 7.04 km
- Drive way on land : 16 km
- Footpath : 5-foot on either side of drive way
- Connection to bridges: Digha Rail bridge, Mahatma Gandhi Setu, Kacchi Dargah-Vidhupur bridge
- Total cost : Rs 3,106 Crore