|Carries||Mokama-Barauni rail track, NH 31|
|Total length||2,000 metres (6,600 ft)|
|No. of spans||14 x 400 ft |
4 x 100 ft
|Engineering design by||Braithwaite, Burn & Jessop Construction Company|
|Daily traffic||Double road track & Single line rail track|
Rajendra Setu (Hindi: राजेन्द्र सेतु, also known as Simaria bridge) is a bridge across the River Ganges that was the first bridge to link the northern and southern portions of the state of Bihar. The location of the bridge was based on the work of M. Visvesvaraya, who was more than 90 years old at the time. On wheelchair he visited bridge site on special request from the Chief Minister Dr. Shri Krishna Sinha.
The road-cum-rail bridge near Hathidah in Patna district was inaugurated in 1959 by Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India and the 1st Chief Minister of Bihar Dr. Srikrishna Singh. Construction of the bridge was by Braithwaite, Burn & Jessop Construction Company. It is about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) long and carries a two lane road and a single line railway track.
Construction of a new parallel double-line railway bridge to Rajendra Setu, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 12 March 2016. The new 1.9 km railway bridge was supposed to be operational by February 2021. But as per current progress the project is running with a delay of 3 years and supposed to be operational by 2024. The contract for construction of the new bridge was awarded to M/s AFCONS Infrastructre Ltd. by Indian Railway Construction Company Limited (IRCON) on EPC contract basis.
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