CCEA okays four-laning of Gaya-Hisua-Rajgir-Nalanda-Biharsharif section of NH-82

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved a project for the development of four-laning of the 93 km Gaya-Hisua-Rajgir-Nalanda-Biharsharif section of National Highway (NH)-82 in Bihar. 
An official press release said the cost of the project is estimated at Rs 1405.85 crore, including Rs 1216.16 crore for civil construction and supervision works and Rs.192.69 crore for land acquisition, rehabilitation and pre-construction activities. 
The project will be completed within three years of signing of the contract agreement, it said.
The project will connect Nalanda, the ancient seat of learning and the location of the Nalanda University. The place is visited conjointly by tourists who visit Bodh Gaya. The road will also connect Rajgir, where Vishwa Shanti Stupa or Japanese Pagoda is a major tourist attraction. Rajgir is also a popular pilgrim destination for Buddhists. 
The project will also help Gaya develop as a regional services centre with quality physical and social infrastructure and as a pilgrimage and leisure destination with a thriving economy.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has agreed to provide loan assistance with 100 percent financing for civil construction and supervision works for the project, the release added.

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