Rajendra Setu

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Rajendra Setu

राजेन्द्र सेतु
Rajendra Setu (carrying 2 Lane NH 28 at top and single BG electrified line at bottom.jpg
Rajendra Setu (passing through the NH-31)
Coordinates25°22′32″N 85°59′54″E / 25.3756°N 85.9983°E / 25.3756; 85.9983
CarriesMokama-Barauni rail track, NH 31
CrossesGanges
LocaleBarauni, Mokama
Characteristics
DesignGirder bridge
Total length2,000 metres (6,600 ft)
No. of spans14 x 400 ft
4 x 100 ft
History
Engineering design byBraithwaite, Burn & Jessop Construction Company
Opened1959
Statistics
Daily trafficDouble road track & Single line rail track
Tollno
Location

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.[1][2] The location of the bridge was based on the work of M. Visvesvaraya, who was more than 90 years old at the time.[3][4] 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.[5] 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.[6][7][8]

A new bridge , carrying four-lane of NH 31 and double-track rail, 25 meters upstream from the existing rail and road bridge, was planned in 2011.[9]

Construction of a new parallel double-line railway bridge to Rajendra Setu, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 12 March 2016.[10][11] The new 1.9 km railway bridge was supposed to be operational by February 2021.[12] 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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  8. ^ "Indian railways history (after independence)". Indian Railways. Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  9. ^ "Four-lane connector over Sone, Ganga". The Telegraph, 8 April 2011. Archived from the original on 26 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 April 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 March 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Bridge parallel to Rajendra Setu to be ready in 3 years".