NHAI plans new six lane highway in Bihar, UP

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Sasaram, Nov 7 (UNI) The public sector National Highway Authority of India(NHAI) will construct a 192 km long six-lane highway from Aurangabad in Bihar to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh by 2011.

This was stated here today by NHAI senior Project Officer S K Gupta while talking to UNI.

He said the new highway, with an estimated cost of Rs 2,000 crores, will open a new chapter in surface transportation network not only between Bihar and UP but also between northern and eastern India.

''The necessity of an additional world class highway in the region was felt some time ago following increase in traffic between northern and eastern region and vice-versa,'' Mr Gupta said.

Besides, a parallel service road would be constructed along the new road, he said adding that a number of 'under passes' would be constructed in different areas to enable people cross the highway without disrupting the smooth running of vehicles at high speed.

He said the process of land acquisition would begin from January and the entire project was slated to be completed within three years.

Without ruling out the possibility of undertaking the project under PPP scheme,Mr Gupta refused to share details of the project funding.

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