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$500 million ADB Loan to build India’s Longest River Bridge across Ganges near Patna

The Asian Development Bank announced a 500-million US dollar loan to build a river bridge across the Ganga along Patna in Bihar.

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Annai Indira Gandhi Bridge / Pamban Bridge at Rameshwaram Tamil Nadu.It was India's first sea bridge and second longest sea bridge in India. Image source: blog.pkp.in

   

  • ADB has announced a loan of 500-million US dollar to build India’s largest river bridge 
  • Stretching a length of 9.8 km, the bridge will be take 4 years of construction and will be completed in December 2020 as scheduled
  • The bridge will benefit over nine million people, said the head of the project

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on June 24 gave nod to a 500-million US dollar loan for building India’s largest river bridge across river Ganga near Patna in Bihar.

The bridge, with a proposed length of 9.8 km would ease traffic and provide transport links between north and south Bihar, as well as connect it with neighbouring Nepal.

According to the jagranjosh.com report, “the new bridge will make it easier for people to move between jobs and markets, particularly for poorer communities in the north wishing to travel to the state capital, Patna, just south of the river,” said Dong Kyu Lee of ADB’s South Asia Department, who is heading the project.

The bridge will facilitate a year-round embankment access road for the 250000 residents of the Raghopur Diyara island, who presently rely on boats and seasonal bridges to travel to Patna.

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River Ganga in Patna, Bihar Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
River Ganga in Patna, Bihar. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

The construction project, additionally funded by the Bihar Government with a support sum of 215 million US dollars, will run for 4 years with an expected date of completion in December 2020, said the jagranjosh.com report.

Using state-of-the-art engineering techniques, the project includes plans of building viaducts, toll service counters, national highway linkages and embankments. The dimensions of the bridge are so designed that the impact of it on the river will be most minimal. It will further be able to withstand climate stress and high rise of water levels.

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An additional sum of 900000 US dollars will be provided by the ADB for “technical assistance to improve bridge operation and management”, said Lee.

Bihar, with a population of over 100 million is the third most populous state in India, but the poverty levels in the state are huge. About seven of the state’s ten poorest districts are in the north. The bridge is hoped to be of great benefit to the inhabitants who can travel easily for better income opportunities.

The capacity of existing bridges are not enough to meet the demands of increasing number of workers and labourers who have to spend more time and money on a regular basis for better jobs. But with the upcoming river bridge, engineers and designers working on the project hope that the scenario will be very different.

“In all, the bridge is expected to benefit over nine million people,” said Lee.

-By Maariyah Siddique, intern at NewsGram. Twitter:  @MaariyahSid

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  • Aparna Gupta

    This development in infrastructure will definitely help commuters to travel easily.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Good to know that so many people would be benefited by this bridge

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India Struggles with Encephalitis Outbreak in Eastern State of Bihar, One of Its Poorest Regions

In 2014, an outbreak of encephalitis killed 350 children in Muzaffarpur

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Children showing symptoms of encephalitis undergo treatment at Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital in Muzaffarpur, Bihar state, India, June 18, 2019. VOA

At least 152 children have died in an encephalitis outbreak during the month of June in India’s eastern state of Bihar, according to local health authorities. Following a petition, India’s supreme court ordered an investigation into the epidemic.

Acute encephalitis syndrome, sometimes referred to as ‘brain fever’, has claimed lives in 20 of Bihar’s 38 districts.  In particular, the disease has gripped the Muzaffarpur district of Bihar, reaching epidemic proportions in a region already stricken with poverty and poor child health.

In 2014, an outbreak of encephalitis killed 350 children in Muzaffarpur.

A petition filed to India’s supreme court sought to end the current epidemic, accusing local and regional governments of being negligent in their response.

India, Encephalitis Outbreak, Bihar

At least 152 children have died in an encephalitis outbreak during the month of June in India’s eastern state of Bihar. Pixabay

“[Encephalitis] is completely curable and lives of young children are being lost due to the inaction of state machinery,” the petition read.

“Most of the deaths are occurring due to lack of medical facilities in the area of outbreak,” it continued.

In response to the petition, Indian supreme court justice Sanjiv Khanna said “We issue notice to the Bihar government seeking a detailed response.”

State and national officials must respond within seven days on health conditions, according to India’s top court.

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India’s health ministry affirmed its earlier promise to open a children’s ward in the district and monitor the epidemic, as state health official face sharp criticism for what has been seen as indifference and negligent behavior.

India’s health minister Harsh Varadhan insisted that the Indian government was providing “all possible support” to combat the epidemic.

Since June 1, more than 700 cases of the disease have been recorded, though there are signs that the disease has been slowing, with no new deaths reported on Monday. (VOA)