A view of the Sultanganj-Aguwani Ghat Bridge over Ganga, which is under construction
KHAGARIA: A number of ambitious projects and development plans in the district are likely to be completed this year.
The Sultanganj (Bhagalpur)-Aguwani Ghat (Khagaria) bridge over the Ganges, which has been under construction for the past eight years, is expected to be completed by the end of this year. The foundation for the 3,160m four-lane cable-stayed bridge along with the access road with an estimated cost of Rs1,710 crore was laid on 23 February 2014 by CM Nitish Kumar. The bridge would connect NH-31 and 107, increasing the distance between Sultanagnj and Khagaria, Saharsa, Supaul and Madhepura.
The highly anticipated Khagaria-Munger rail-road bridge over the Ganga is also likely to open to traffic on January 16. The 44 km Khagaria-Kusheshwar Asthan railway project with an estimated cost of Rs 162 crore is expected to be commissioned this year. The foundation for this project was laid in 1998 by the then Minister of Railways, Ram Vilas Paswan. Paswan hailed from Khagaria district.
An RCC bridge over the Ganga with an estimated cost of Rs 14 crore near Maithani village under the Mansi block is also likely to be completed by the end of this year. Likewise, another RCC bridge costing Rs 56 crore over the Bagmati River near Nawada Ghat under the Chauham block and another bridge over Gandak is expected to cost Rs 15 crore on the outskirts of the city. Khagaria is expected to be open to traffic this year .
The local MLA, Chhatrapati Yadav (Congress), has issued a statement urging the state government for the speedy completion of the projects in the interest of the people of the region.
A cluster-based food processing park becomes operational near Mansi. It will provide employment for about 3,000 skilled and semi-skilled people. A livestock feed production unit costing Rs50 crore is underway in Maheshkhunt Bazar. It will produce 300 tons of animal feed per day.
The long-held demand from the students of the area will also be met with the opening of an engineering school in the headquarters of the Alouli block and a ‘Khel Bhawan’ in Chitragupta nagar town of Khagaria city.