The good news continues to flow to the people of Bihar as Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Kosi Rail Mega Bridge on Friday, September 18. The project was sanctioned by the central government in 2003-04. The bridge is 1.9 kilometers long and has been constructed at a cost of Rs 516 crores.
“This bridge is of strategic importance along the India-Nepal border. The project was completed during the COVID-19 pandemic where the migrant labor also participated in its completion,” a statement by the PMO said.
Prime Minister to dedicate the historic Kosi Rail Mega Bridge to the Nation, also to inaugurate New Rail Lines and Electrification Projects in Bihar for the benefit of passengers.
These projects shall enhance Rail connectivity in the region.https://t.co/kMUVRercjr pic.twitter.com/L0qkf8aoqY
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) September 18, 2020
The statement by the PMO also termed the occasion as a watershed moment in the history of Bihar. A meter-gauge railway track was built between Nirmali and Bhaptiahi in the region in the year 1887. However, it got washed away in the floods and severe Indo-Nepal earthquake in 1934. The region has, since then, been demanding for restoration of this connectivity. Now that the project is complete, it will also connect Bihar and the adjoining regions of the North East states, the PMO statement said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also inaugurate other rail projects in the region. These projects include a new railway bridge on the Kiul River, two new railway lines, five electrification projects, one electric locomotive shed at Barauni, and a third line project between Barh-Bakhtiyarpur.
Along with these, PM Modi will also inaugurate the railway electrification projects of Muzaffarpur-Sitamarhi, Katihar-New Jalpaiguri, Samastipur-Darbhanga-Jaynagar, Samastipur-Khagaria, and Bhagalpur-Shivnarayanpur sections.
Bihar is a poll-bound state where the assembly elections are expected to happen in the month of November-December this year. PM Modi, in the last 10 days, has already inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of a number of development projects Bihar costing nearly Rs 16,000 crore.