Vikramshila Setu

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Vikramshila Setu
Vikramshila Setu.jpg
Coordinates25°16′41″N 87°01′37″E / 25.278°N 87.027°E / 25.278; 87.027
CarriesTwo lane roadway and pedestrian pathways each side
LocaleBhagalpur
Maintained byBihar Government
Characteristics
MaterialConcrete and Iron
Total length4,700 metres (15,400 ft)
History
Construction end2001
Opened2001
ClosedNo
Statistics
Daily trafficTwo way
TollFor Heavy vehicle and four wheeler

Vikramshila Setu is a bridge across the Ganges, near Bhagalpur in the Indian state of Bihar named after the ancient Mahavihara of Vikramashila which was established by King Dharmapala (783 to 820 A.D.) .

Vikramshila Setu is 5th longest bridge over water in India. The 4.7 km long two lane bridge serves as a link between NH 33 and NH 31 running on the opposite sides of the Ganges. It runs from Barari Ghat on the Bhagalpur side on the south bank of the Ganges to Naugachia on the north bank.[1] It also connects Bhagalpur to Purnia and Katihar. This has reduced considerably the road travel between Bhagalpur and places across the Ganges.

However, there is intense traffic congestion on the bridge due to increased traffic and there is now a demand to construct another bridge parallel to it. In June 2018, another 24 km-long Vikramshila -Kataria rail-cum-road bridge between Vikramshila railway station (near Pirpainty south of Ganga) and Kataria railway station (near Naugachia railway station) north of the Ganga, with an expenditure of Rs 4,379.01 crore was approved.[2]

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  1. ^ "CM for a bridge parallel to Vikramshila Setu".
  2. ^ "'Bridge parallel to Rajendra Setu to be ready in 3 years'".