The extension of the Purvanchal Expressway to Bhagalpur via Patna in Bihar has been approved by the Union Transport Ministry, as the project was previously planned from Lucknow to Buxar. A team from the Union Ministry of Transport has been dispatched to the state to prepare a feasibility study report. A recent meeting in New Delhi between the state transport minister and Giridhar Armani, secretary of the union ministry of road transport and national highways, yielded agreement on the extension of this expressway under the Bharatmala project and other pending works on national highways passing through the state.
All pending national highways construction projects in the state would be expedited and completed on schedule. The Koilwar-Bihta four-lane highway has been ordered to be completed by the central ministry. Invitations to tender were also issued for projects worth up to Rs. 12,00 crore. The Danapur-Bihta elevated road, which will cut the distance between Patna and Ara in half, as well as the widening of four lanes on the Adalwari-Manikpur, Manikpur-Sahebganj, and Sahebganj-Areraj roads, are among the projects.
The Centre has also agreed to finish the alignment work on a bridge over the Gandak river on the Adalwari Manikpur road by the end of this month. The state also asked the central government to approve the remaining 370-kilometer road projects under the Bharatmala and PM’s special package. These include widening the Sultanganj-Deoghar Kanwariya road to four lanes and connecting the state’s tourist destinations of Bodhgaya and Rajgir to the Amas-Darbhanga Expressway.