NABARD sanctions Rs 235.50 crore for bridge construction

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Patna, Oct 6 (UNI) National Bank for Agriculture Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned a Rs 235.50 crore loan to the Bihar government for construction of a high level bridge across river Gandak in Gopalganj district.

Official sources said here today that the loan had been made available to the state government under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF).The sources said that the total cost of the 1.5 km bridge project would be Rs 317.99 crore.

According to the source, the state government would provide the rest Rs 82.49 crore amount for the bridge which would be constructed in the next 36 months. The project would be executed by Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Limited, the state owned corporation. The proposed bridge, on completion, would directly connect the two districts- Gopalganj and West champaran, reducing the distance between them by 87 km.

Apart from connecting East and West Champaran districts, the bridge would also connect the districts of Eastern Uttar Pradesh via Gopalganj, informed the source.

The proposed bridge would be a two-lane bridge.(1.5 km long with 25 spans of 60 metres). Besides, the total length of the approach road to the bridge would be of 16.14 km-11.34 km on the side of Bettiah and 4.80 km on the Gopalganj side.

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