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Finally Ganga driveway project takes off: Patna to reshape in four years!

 

 

Ganga ghat in Patna during Chhath

Ganga ghat in Patna during Chhath

Patna: according to the latest reports, the Ganga driveway project has finally started taking shape. On Friday, tenders for the project were opened at the office of Bihar State Road Development Corporation (BSRDC) and work allotted to the lowest bidder, the Hyderabad-based Navyuga Engineering Company Ltd.

The project entails building a 21.50-km-long road along the Ganga, starting from the road cum rail bridge near Digha Ghat and ending at NH-30 near Didarganj. Also known as Ganga Path, it will have 7.65km elevated structure. The total project cost, including land acquisition and interest costs, is put at Rs 3,160 crore, for which the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (Hudco) has already approved a loan of Rs 2,000 crore. The total civil work cost is projected at Rs 1,950 crore. It will be executed under the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) mode.

Post evaluation of technical bids, four companies were shortlisted for opening of financial bids, said BSRDC chairman and road construction secretary Pratyaya Amrit. Navyuga’s bid of Rs 1,777.37 crore was found to be the lowest. “The letter of award has been issued to it and after the agreement, the company will have to submit its drawing and design within 90 days,” said Amrit who, along with his team, was visibly elated that the project has finally seen the light of the day.

“The Ganga Path, to be ready in four years, will change the face of Patna. It will ease the increasing load of road traffic and make for an easy passage between the eastern and western parts of the city,” Amrit said and added toll would be levied on the vehicles either on entry or exit points. The Ganga Path will be connected to Ashok Raj Path at nine points.

The project had seen many ups and downs. On several occasions, it appeared as if the project would be put on backburner. However, thanks to CM Nitish Kumar’s interest and untiring efforts of BSRDC, it has finally made progress. Earlier, the project was to be taken up under the public private partnership (PPP) mode and a proposal was sent to the department of economic affairs, Government of India, in 2011, almost three years after the project development activities were started in 2008. Twelve applications had been received from the bidders under the PPP mode, of which nine were declared technically qualified. But price bids were not received despite several extension of submission dates. The state government then decided to take up the project under EPC mode. Thereafter, tender was published on April 18, 2013. The project entails building a 21.50-km-long road along the Ganga in the city. It will connect the eastern and western parts of Patna. The total project cost, including land acquisition and interest costs, is put at Rs 3,160 crore. It will ease the increasing load of road traffic in the city.

 

[courtesy: The Times of India]

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