ADB extends $500-million loan for river bridge in Bihar [Infrastructure]
- Asian Development Bank has approved $500 million loan for constructing a bridge across Ganga.
- Once built, the 9.8 km road bridge in Bihar will be country’s longest river bridge . The bridge would provide vital transport links between the northern and southern parts of the state and with neighbouring country Nepal.
- According to the bank, the bridge is expected to benefit over nine million or ninety lakh people looking for job opportunities on both the sides of bridge.
- Traffic volumes are rising but there are only four operational bridges along the 200 km stretch of the river Ganga that pass through Bihar. The capacity of existing bridges is already stretched, undermining connectivity and access to opportunities for northern communities.
- The new bridge would serve as an alternate route to the existing Ganga Bridge, which has begun to deteriorate.
- The project is also expected to be linked to national highway network.
- The height and length have been designed to minimize impacts on the river itself and to ensure the bridge is able to withstand climate-related stresses such as a rise in the water level.