Prime Minister to inaugurate new rail lines and electrification projects in Bihar
To dedicate the Kosi Rail Mahasetu to the Nation
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate 12 rail projects related to passenger facilities in Bihar on September 18, 2020. These include a new railway bridge on the Kiul River, two new railway lines at Hajipur-Ghoswar-Vaishali and Islampur-Nateshar, five electrification projects of Muzaffarpur – Sitamarhi, Katihar–New Jalpaiguri, Samastipur-Darbhanga-Jaynagar, Samastipur-Khagaria, Bhagalpur-Shivnarayanpur Sections, one Electric Locomotive Shed and 3rd Line Project between Barh-Bakhtiyarpur.
Modi will also be flagging off the Saharsa- Asanpur Kupha demo train from the Supaul Station. Once the regular train service begins, this would connect Supaul, Arariya and Saharsa districts. It would also make it easy for long distance travel to Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai for the people of the region. He will also inaugurate the Karnauti-Bakhtiyarpur link bypass.
Apart from this, the Prime Minister will also dedicate to the nation the Kosi Rail Mahasetu (mega bridge) through video-conference at 12 Noon on the same day. The Kosi Rail Mahasetu connects the entire region to the North East. The project was sanctioned by Government of India during 2003-04. It is 1.9 km long and its construction cost is Rs. 516 Crore. This bridge is of strategic importance along the India-Nepal border. The project was completed during the COVID-Pandemic where the migrant labour also participated in its completion.
In 1887, a meter gauge link was built in between Nirmali and Bhaptiahi (Saraigarh). During the heavy flood and severe Indo Nepal earthquake in 1934, the rail link was washed away and thereafter due to meandering nature of river Kosi no attempt was made to restore this Rail link for long period. “The dedication of this project will fulfil the 86 year old dream and the long wait of the people of the region,” a release from the Prime Minister’s Office stated here today.
– globalbihari bureau