In a recent development, NHAI has awarded Rs. 1,900 crore contract to a joint venture between Hindustan Construction Company Ltd. (HCC) and Dilip Buildcon Limited (DBL), for design and construction of a 22-km road to link Jharkhand and Bihar, which will include a four-lane bridge over the Ganga river. The road will connect Sahibganj bypass in Jharkhand to Manihari bypass in Bihar. HCC share in the JV stands at 26% (i.e. Rs.494 crore).
The scope of work envisages construction of 15.885 km new link (NH-1338) including 6 km long Ganga Bridge to 4 lane standard connecting Jharkhand with Bihar, construction of 6 km Manihari Bypass in Bihar to 4 lane standard and widening of NH-131A ending near Narenpur to 4 lane standard in Bihar.
Mr. Arjun Dhawan, Group Chief Executive Officer said, “Our JV is proud to work on this important NHAI project that will improve infrastructure in Bihar and Jharkhand, generating long term benefits to the socio-economic conditions of the region.”
India’s first road cum rail bridge – Rajendra Setu -across river Ganga at Mokameh was built by HCC in the early sixties. To date, HCC has built several railway bridges for Eastern Railway, North Frontier Railways. The
lndrapuri Barrage built across river Sone in Rohtas District in 1966 was the fourth-longest barrage (1,409 M) in the world. For the NHAI, HCC has built the Grand Trunk Road Improvement Project in 2007. Recent projects completed in Bihar are rail cum road bridge across river Ganga at Munger and Sone Bridge near Patna.