The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by PM Narendra Modi on 18th December 2018, has approved the project for construction of a new 4-lane bridge across River Ganga in Patna, Bihar with a capital cost of Rs. 2926.42 crore
The construction period for the project is three and a half years and so, the bridge is likely to be completed by January 2023.
This mega-bridge project is 14.500 km long and passes through Patna, Saran, and Vaishali districts of Bihar. It will include a 5.634 km long major bridge parallel to the existing old MG Setu, 4 Vehicular Underpasses (VUPs), one Rail Over Bridge (RoB), one 1580 meter long viaduct, one 110 meters long flyover, 4 minor bridges, 5 bus shelters, and 13 road junctions.
The Ganga divides the state of Bihar in two parts, North Bihar and South Bihar and the existing 4 - lane old M G Setu is an important bridge across river Ganga connecting north Bihar with its capital city of Patna besides facilitating the movement of traffic from Nepal, East UP, North Bihar and North Bengal to Patna, South Bihar and Jharkhand.
Though this old MG Setu is 4- lane, an additional bridge is required due to the increased volume of traffic, which is more than 60,000 PCUs at present.