Work On 610-Km Varanasi-Ranchi-Kolkata Expressway To Start In Jan'23
The six-lane Varanasi-Ranchi-Kolkata expressway's construction is scheduled to start in January 2023 after the work order is allocated by the next month. International bids for the 54-km initial stretch, starting…
The six-lane Varanasi-Ranchi-Kolkata expressway's construction is scheduled to start in January 2023 after the work order is allocated by the next month.
International bids for the 54-km initial stretch, starting in Varanasi, were recently released by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
This includes a 27-km stretch in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar that costs Rs 988.24 crore and connects the Varanasi Ring Road and Chandauli-Chainpur road.
Another tender is for a 27-km stretch in Bihar, costing Rs 945.24 crore, running from the Chandauli-Chainpur Road to the intersection with the Bhabhua-Adhaura Road.
Both packages are to be constructed and used as per the Hybrid Annuity Mode (HAM), which calls for the construction firm to design, construct, operate and then transfer the asset to the NHAI for toll collection.
The NHAI plans to finalise the construction company and distribute the work order by the end of December.
Under Bharatmala Pariyojna (BMP) Phase-2, the 610-km-long greenfield expressway is planned to provide high-speed connectivity to the northern and eastern regions of the country.
The access-controlled expressway begins at the intersection of NH19 and Varanasi Ring Road and travels through Bihar and Jharkhand before terminating at NH16 close to Uluberia in the Howrah district of West Bengal. The expressway will travel through Bihar for about 159 km via Kaimur, Rohtas, Aurangabad and Gaya.
The road will travel a distance of about 187 km through Jharkhand via the Chatra district and leaving Bokaro via the Hazaribagh and Ramgarh districts to reach the Purulia district of West Bengal. It will connect Bankura, West Medinipur, Hooghly, and Howrah in West Bengal with Kolkata from Purulia..
From the Khainti village junction of the Chaundauli-Chainpur road to Palka village on the Bhabhua-Adhaura Road in Kaimur district, 32 km of the 54 km of the Phase-I expressway being constructed are in Bihar. The 32-km stretch's land acquisition is proceeding at full pace and will be finished before work begins.
The expressway, once completed, will ensure hassle free travel from Patna to Varanasi via Mohania and from Patna to Ranchi via Gaya.
It would also ease the burden on the existing NH-2 (Golden Quadrilateral Road), which is heavily loaded and not in good shape.