Work awarded for AIIMS-Digha elevated road

September 25, 2013

Faizan Ahmad, TNN |

PATNA: Yet another glamorous project of Bihar State Road Development Corporation (BSRDC) started taking shape on Tuesday when the work for about 12km-long 4-lane elevated road corridor between AIIMS and Digha in Patna was awarded to a construction major.Once completed, the road will provide much relief from the traffic congestion in the city, particularly on the narrow Ashok Rajpath as it would be connected with the Ganga Path at Digha end. Eleven construction firms took part in the bidding, which was aggressive as well as close. The project was awarded to M/s Gammon India Ltd which quoted the lowest bid of Rs 717.14 crore.”This project is for the construction of 2-lane semi-elevated and 4-lane elevated highway over Patna canal as approach road of rail-cum-road project across the Ganga at Digha. The length of the elevated road is 11.9km,” said BSRDC managing director Pratyaya Amrit in whose presence the tenders were opened.The starting point of the project is 6.8km of NH-98 near AIIMS and the end point is at the junction of Ganga Path. It will have 2km of 2-lane semi-elevated and 9.90km of 4-lane elevated roads. The BSRDC had projected Rs 1,289 crore as the total cost of the project. Among the major bidders included L&T, Punj Lloyd, HCCL and Navyuga Engineering. A few months back, Navyuga was awarded the Ganga Path project work which is scheduled to commence on October 11.

The elevated road project will have major crossings at Bailey Road and Ashok Rajpath and will have connectivity with important places like Danapur railway station, proposed Patliputra railway station and AIIMS. Besides, it will also have connectivity with the Ganga Path and one railway bridge at Khagaul (Patna-Delhi) line. One minor bridge will also be linked to this project which is scheduled to be completed in three years from the start of the work.

Gammon India is already working on some projects in the state, including the state highways 69, 70 and 91 besides Muzaffarpur-Hajipur road, Ara-Buxar road, Munger bridge and Baluaha bridge. Some of these projects have been delayed, admitted company’s regional office vice-president B K Singh. He said the delay was due to land acquisition and other issues. “Almost all companies are facing these problems due to government policy,” he added.

Amrit said since this is one of the prestigious projects, the BSRDC will strictly monitor the schedule of the work and keep a close vigil on other related issues to ensure that the firm maintains the deadline.

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