Munger Ganga Bridge
|Munger Ganga Bridge|
|Locale||Munger-Begusarai , Munger-Khagaria , National Highway 80|
|Total length||3,692 metres (12,113 ft)|
|Number of spans||31|
|Opened||12 March 2016 (rail part)|
Munger Ganga Bridge (Hindi: मुंगेर गंगा सेतु), is a rail-cum-road bridge across the Ganges, at Munger in the Indian state of Bihar. The bridge connects Munger-Jamalpur twin cities to various districts of North Bihar. Munger Ganga Bridge is the third rail-cum-road bridge over Ganga in Bihar.
The 3.692 km long bridge costing Rs. 9,300 million is located 55 km downstream of the Rajendra Setu near Mokama and 68 km upstream of the Vikramshila Setu at Bhagalpur. The bridge will form a link between NH 80 on the southern side of the Ganges and NH 31 on the northern side of the Ganges. It connects Jamalpur Junction and Ratanpur stations on the Sahibganj Loop line of Eastern Railway through a new junction namely Sabdalpur Junction on north end of bridge to Sahebpur Kamal and Umeshnagar near Khagaria Junction on the Barauni-Katihar section of East Central Railway. The Bridge connects districts of Begusarai and Khagaria to the Divisional headquarters Munger city.
Construction work on the bridge was inaugurated by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister, through video conference system, in 2002. Bridge was formally opened for freight trains on 12 March 2016 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was finally opened for passenger trains on 11 April 2016 by Minister of state for Railways, Manoj Sinha by flagging off Begusarai-Jamalpur DEMU train. Road on bridge is complete too but approach roads are not ready due to lack of land acquisition.
At present 3 pairs of trains run on this bridge
- Jamalpur Tilrath Jamalpur DEMU (73451/52)
- Jamalpur Tilrath Jamalpur DEMU (73453/54)
- Jamalpur Khagaria Jamalpur DEMU (73461/62)
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