On December 10, 2020, the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the Koilwar Bridge over the Sone river in Bihar. The bridge was constructed at an expense of 256 crores of rupees.
The existing two-Lane Bridge over the river for both road and rail traffic is 138 years old. The Bridge has been replaced which includes three lanes of carriageway. The bridge will up subsequently reduce the traffic on NH-30 and on NH -922. It is all major link between Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
Between 1862 and 1900 the bridge was the longest bridge in India. It was inaugurated by the then viceroy of India Lord Elgin. The bridge is also called the Abdul Bari Bridge.
He was an Indian academic and social reformer. He wanted to bring India free from social inequality, free from slavery and communal disharmony. He played a major role in uniting the worker section in the states of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa during the freedom struggle in in 1921, 1922 and 1942. He was the president of Tata workers Union.
It is also called the son river. The Sone river is one of the major tributaries of river Ganges. It originates near Amarkantak of Madhya Pradesh. Amarkantak is a pilgrim town and is a unique natural Heritage area and the meeting point of Vindhya and Satpura ranges. Amarkantak is also the starting point of Narmada and the Johila river.
Other future Bridge projects
- A seven-kilometre four lane Koshi Bridge is to be completed by 2023. The estimated cost of the bridge construction is 478 crores of rupees.
- The Vikramshila Bridge is to be completed by 2024 at an estimated cost of 1,110 crores of rupees.
- Buxar Bridge is to be completed by 2021.
- Sahibganj Bridge that connects Jharkhand and Bihar is to be constructed at a cost of 1,900 crores of rupees and is to be completed by 2024.
Future International Road Projects
Ram Janki Marg is to be constructed between Janakpuri of Nepal and Ayodhya of India which is 240 kilometres long. The cost of this project is estimated to be 2,700 crores of rupees.