Building of road infrastructure is on the priority agenda for the state governmentas it aims to connect the capital to the remotest areas to strengthen the stateeconomy and inclusive growth agenda
The state has been exposed to politicalapathy for long and was growing at aslower rate than the country for decadestill around 2001-02. However, the state pickedup the pace of growth in the recent past andhas been doing very well in terms of growthperformance in the last few years. With focuson infrastructure especially roads, the stategovernment has taken up the constructionof roads and bridges on a large scale in keepingwith its resolution of connecting the statecapital with the remotest area so as to cover thedistance within a maximum time of 6 hours.
|Table: Main Component of the project|
|Original Length||95.000 Km|
|Re-aligned Length||92.935 Km|
|Existing ROW||30-36 Meter|
|Lane Standard||Four lane with paved shoulder (Existing two lane)|
|No. & Length of Bypass||3 Nos. of Bypasses|
|Manpur Bypass||3.950 Km|
|Wazirganj Bypass||4.575 Km|
|Tungi Bypass||1.900 Km|
|Total length of Bypass||10.425 Km|
|No. & Length of Major Bridges||6 Nos. of Major Bridges, Aggregate Length 1347.8 Meter|
|Phalgu River Bridg||1.74 M|
|Paimer River Bridge||90.00 M|
|Tungi River Bridge||233.26 M|
|Panchane River Bridge||233.00 M|
|Tilaiya River Bridge||1.64 M|
|Panchane River Bridge||1.16 M|
|Phalgu River Bridg||546.74 M|
|No. & Length of Minor Bridges||33 Nos., Length: 421.47 Meter|
|No of Toll Plaza||2|
the per capita Net State Domestic Product(NSDP) increased by 84.13 % from Rs. 7,749 in2005-06 to Rs. 14,268 in 2012-13 compared toan increase of 50.5% in per capita NSDP at thenational level during the same period. This wasdue to the implementation of large social andinfrastructure projects to set the pace of growthengine of the state. This is supported by statisticsthat during the period 2006-13, the sectorsrecording a growth rate of more than 15 percentwere registered manufacturing – 18.2 percent,construction – 21.9 percent, communication- 38.4 percent, trade, hotels and restaurants- 15.1 percent, and banking and insurance -23.5 percent. Communication, banking andconstruction were the key performing sectorsfor the state. To ensure the momentum is notlost, the state government has put infrastructuredevelopment especially in road, electricity andirrigation would get top priority. There is extensivework being carried out in roads across thestate to strengthen the network of connectivityof rural to urban areas and vice-versa, as they are the backbone of any state economy. Manyprojects are announced on National Highways(NH), State Highways (SH), Major DistrictRoads (MDR) and rural roads.
Building NewInfrastructure In Bihar
“The improved road connectivity to remotest villages in Bihar has enabledthe rural population to access government benefits more easily,” saysChanchal Kumar, Secretary, Building Construction Department, Governmentof Bihar in conversation with Mohd Ujaley
Please tell us about the workthat you are doing in the BuildingDepartment?
The recent approval for upgradation of NH-82in Bihar promises to usher overall economicgrowth of the region with better connectivity andimproved physical infrastructure. The CabinetCommittee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) hasrecently approved the project for the four laning of the 93 km long Gaya-Hisua-Rajgir-Nalanda-Bihar Sharif section on National Highway-82in Bihar. The project connects Nalanda, wherethe ancient set of learning popularly called asNalanda University. The place is visited conjointlyby the tourists who visit Bodh Gaya. Theroad shall also connect Rajgir, where VishwaShanti Stupa or Japanese Pagoda is a major touristattraction. Rajgir is also a popular pilgrimdestination for Buddhists. The project shall alsofacilitate Gaya to develop as a regional servicecentres with quality physical and social infra-structure for its citizen and as a pilgrimage andleisure destination for visiting tourists with thrivingsustained economy.Undertaken by Bihar State Road DevelopmentCorporation Ltd, total project cost is estimatedat Rs 1408.85 crore including Rs 1216.16crore as civil construction and supervisionworks and Rs 192.69 crore as the cost of landacquisition, rehabilitation and pre constructionactivities. The project will be completed withinthree years of signing of the contract agreement.The project is being funded by Japan InternationalCooperation Agency. With upgradationto four lane by improvement of geometrics andstrengthening overlays in addition to providingbypasses to the built up areas, smooth andsafe traffic flow and substantial economic gainin terms of reduced Vehicle Operating Costs(VOC) and reduced travel time – these wouldbe achieved. The project road thus provides asmooth connectivity to Gaya/Bodhgaya, Rajgirand Nalanda both from Patna in turn connectingEast-West corridor and GQ at Dobhi on NH-2.Gaya has also an international airport and servesas gateway to religious tourism. Improved roadconnectivity is also expected to bring in overalleconomic growth of the region it serves.