New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the historic Kosi Rail Mahasetu (Mega Bridge) to the nation through a video-conference on September 18, 2020 at 12 noon.
Apart from this, the Prime Minister will also inaugurate 12 railway projects related to passenger amenities for the benefit of the state of Bihar. These include a new railway bridge over the Kiul River, two new railway lines, 5 electrification projects, an electric locomotive shed and a third line project between Barah-Bakhtiyarpur.
The dedication of the Kosi Rail Mahasetu is a watershed moment in the entire region connecting Bihar’s history and the North East.
In 1887, a meter gauge link was built between Nirmali and Bhapatiyahi (Saraigad). During the heavy floods and severe Indo Nepal earthquake in 1934, the rail link was washed away and thereafter there was no attempt to restore this rail link for a long period due to the natural nature of the Kosi River.
The Kosi Mega Bridge Line Project was approved by the Government of India during 2003-04. Kosi Rail Mahasetu is 1.9 KM long and has a construction cost of Rs. 516 crores Rs. This bridge is of strategic importance along the Indo-Nepal border. The project was completed during the Covid-epidemic, where migrant workers also participated in its completion.
The dedication of this project will fulfill the 86-year-old dream and the long wait of the people of the region. With the dedication of Mahasetu, the Prime Minister will also flag off the Saharsa-Asanpur coupe demo train from Supaul station. Once the regular train service starts, it will prove to be extremely beneficial for Supaul, Araria and Saharsa districts. This will also make it easier for the people of the region to travel long distances to Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai.
The Prime Minister will also inaugurate two new line projects at Hajipur-Ghoswar-Vaishali and Islampur-Nateshwar. Modi will also inaugurate the Karnauti-Bakhtiyarpur link bypass and the third line between Barah-Bakhtiyarpur.
Also read in Hindi: पीएम मोदी ऐतिहासिक कोसी रेल महासेतु करेंगे राष्ट्र को समर्पित