CM lays stones for Patna’s first double-decker viaduct

PATNA: CM Nitish Kumar laid the foundation stones on Saturday and at the same time opened construction works for a double-decker flyover from Kargil Chowk at Gandhi Maidan to Patna Science College at Ashok Rajpath in the state capital. It will be the first double-decker viaduct in Patna and the second in Bihar. It will be built in three years with an expenditure of Rs422 crore. It will also connect the Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH).
Bihar’s first double-decker viaduct (3.5 km long) is coming at Chhapra in Saran district. It will be the longest double-decker viaduct in India. CM Nitish had laid its foundation on 11 July 2018. According to the officials of Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Limited (BRPNNL), the longest double-decker flyover is currently 1.8 km in Mumbai.
During his speech, Nitish said that the construction of this viaduct became necessary as the widening of the Ashok Rajpath was not possible due to the unavailability of land nearby and the increasing traffic congestion on the busy road.
Recalling his student days at Patna Science College and later Bihar College of Engineering (now NIT-Patna), Nitish said that the PMCH, also located at Ashok Rajpath, was being developed into a world-class hospital and that this viaduct will also be the proposed multi-level parking garage. “After the upgrade, the PMCH will be a hospital with 5400 beds. The work has already begun. The people who visit the PMCH and students from numerous schools, colleges and other institutions in the area would have more convenience after the completion of this flyover.
Referring to the recent public outcry against the proposed demolition of the front section of the Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Library as a result of the construction of this viaduct, Nitish said, “I have told officials there would be no alteration to the existing buildings and structure. As a CM, I have been to the library several times since 2006. How many CMs have visited the library before?”
He said the width of the viaduct will be slightly reduced for the library to save the George Curzon reading room from demolition.
“The total length of tier-1 (from Patna Science College to Kargil Chowk) will be 1.50 km while that of tier-2 (from Kargil Chowk to Patna Science College) will be 2.20 km. Each layer has a two-lane road,” Khurshid Karim, senior project manager of Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Limited (BRPNNL), told Bihar Engineering.

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