Patna: CM Nitish Kumar on Friday said more than 12,000 road bridges have been constructed in Bihar during the last seven years and many more bridges are being constructed even today.
Addressing a public meeting after inaugurating the commencement of construction works of two high-level RCC bridges through remote control from Jagannath Mishra College, Chandwara, Muzaffarpur, about 75 km north from the state capital, the CM also said, “Besides road bridges, we also build ‘bridges of trust’ to link people in society.”
Reiterating his demand for grant of special status to Bihar, Nitish said development work in the state would take a quantum jump if Bihar is granted the status of special category state. “It will consequently provide employment to lakhs of youths,” he said.
Before addressing the public, the CM formally inaugurated the commencement of construction work of Rs 43.30 crore two-lane high-level RCC bridge along with approach road on Budhi Gandak river between Soda Godam Chowk and Ahiyapur. He also inaugurated work worth Rs 7.37 crore high-level RCC bridge along with approach road at Dhobghatwa in Bishunpur panchayat of Muzaffarpur district. “Construction of both the bridges will be completed within two years,” he said.
He also announced that a separate high-level RCC bridge at the cost of Rs 35.54 crore would soon be constructed on Aathar Ghat Road on public demand in Muzaffarpur district adding commencement of work on the proposed Rs 500 crore RCC bridge over river Gandak at Bangra Ghat would begin on February 8. The Bangra Ghat bridge’s length would be around 1,500 metre. The Akhara Ghat bridge would also be renovated at Rs 1.5 crore, the CM said.
Making an emotional appeal to the people, Nitish said they must send their children to school. “You should take a vow to send your wards to school,” he said adding his government was spending 24% of the plan budget on education. “After education, the maximum fund is being spent on improving the power sector. We are working round-the-clock to improve the power scenario. Currently, 2,300 MW is being supplied and 3,000 MW will be supplied by 2014 end while 4,000 MW will be supplied next year,” he said. The CM also said each subdivision would now have a grid sub-station, while each block a power sub-station.