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CCEA clears new four-lane bridge on Kosi river at Phulaut in Bihar

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Thursday approved a project for construction of a 6.930 km long four-lane bridge at Phulaut in Bihar. 
 
The CCEA also cleared the decks for rehabilitation and upgradation of the existing Birpur-Bihpur section of National Highway (NH)-106 in Bihar from km 106 to km 136 to two lanes with paved shoulder at a capital cost of Rs 1478.40 crore, an official press release said.
 
The construction period for the project is three years and is likely to be completed by June 2022, it said.
 
There is a 10 km-long missing link between Phulaut and Bihpur on NH-106 and falling in the catchment area of Kosi River. As such, presently, the traffic from Phulaut to Bihpur requires to take a detour of approximately 72 km. On the construction of the new bridge, the distance between Phulaut and Bihpur shall be reduced to only 12 km, the release said.
 
The construction of the new bridge will fill the existing 30 km-long gap between Udakishanganj and Bihpur of NH 106 in Bihar, which will provide through connectivity between Nepal/ North Bihar/ East-West Corridor (passing through NH- 57) and South Bihar/ Jharkhand/ Golden Quadrilateral (passing through NH -2), besides full utilization of NH-31, it said.
 
At present, the existing NH is having single/ intermediate lane configuration with poor road geometry, as a result of which the average speed on the highway is below 20 kmph. With the upgradation of the project, the travel speed would increase to the design speed of about 100 kmph, the release added.
 
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