MLAs and MLCs from north Bihar have raised their voice against the construction of the proposed Ganga bridge at the Sabalpur site in Patna. They want a bridge at Mahendrughat.
The plan for the Sabalpur bridge was made after detailed investigations an on the recommendation of the Central Water and Power Research Station, Poona, and foreign consultants.
The Ganga river divides Bihar into two parts. North Bihar, almost 20,000 sq miles has a population of 2.18 crore. But due to transport difficulties it remains unconnected and underdeveloped.
To some extent the problem was solved after the construction of the Rajendra bridge at Mokama but an area of 265 miles between Banaras and Mokama remains blank.
While UP’s 600-mile-long Ganga areas has got six bridges, the 300-mile-long Ganga area of Bihar has only one.
Excerpts from Frontier 21 June 1969
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