The dream 'marine Drive' project, which has been rechristened as Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan Ganga Path (JP Ganga Path) as a tribute to Jaiprakash Narayan on his 111th birth anniversary, finally got a start yesterday with the foundation laying ceremony on the auspicious day of 'Saptami' of Dusshera festival. The Chief Minister of the State, Mr. Nitish Kumar, who has been a driving force behind the once conceptualized Ganga project during the 1980s, laid the foundation stone at Digha Diara Khasmahal, a place close to the construction site of another mega project - Digha Rail-Road bridge. The Rs 3,160 crore project, which would deliver a high speed 21.5 km corridor from Digha to Didarganj by 2017 visualizes to transform the areas beside river Ganga into no less than Marine Drive of Mumbai. The year of completion also coincides with the 350th birth anniversary celebration of Guru Govind Singh at Har Mandir Takht in Patna City area, when thousands of tourist would arrive here to pay homage to the great guru. The CM also announced to extend the project beyond Didarganj in the east to connect it with the Bakhtiyarpur bridge. The project will ease the traffic on one-lane Ashok Rajpath to a great extent. This would also give a fillip to the tourism sector in the City. Navayuga Engineering Company Limited of Hyderabad has been entrusted with the project work.
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