New bridges over the Ganges in Bihar ease connectivity between North And South.
Manoj Sinha, Minister of state for Railways while flagging off the first train on the Munger Ganga bridge in April 2016 had said, “Better connectivity brings better progress and I am sure people will benefit from this.”
In April 2016, the train operated between Begusarai and Munger on the newly constructed road-rail bridge over the Ganga. Since then passenger trains between Jamalpur, Begusarai and Khagaria have been running on the bridge. This has indeed made things much easier for the residents of adjoining areas including Khagaria and Jamalpur, with a significant reduction of travel time. It really fulfilled the long cherished desire of the people as it connects Khagaria and Begusarai with Munger divisional headquarters.
Begusarai and Munger are located on the opposite sides of the Ganga. Earlier, it used to take five to six hours to travel between the two cities, as one had to take a longer route covering 170 km. Similar was the case between Khagaria and Munger, being a minimum six-hour journey and a distance of nearly 140 km.
But the situation is different today. Begusarai to Munger now just takes 60-70 minutes while Khagaria to Munger is 30-40 minutes’ journey.
The bridge is about 3,190 metres long. NH-31 and state road would also be linked after completion of the road part of the bridge.
In September 2016, a long-distance express train from Bhagalpur is likely to commence regular service on the newly-constructed Ganga rail bridge.
The present train Route between Muzaffarpur and Bhagalpur is longer by 23 km (11%).
“We are waiting for the approval of the higher authorities. In the first phase, the Bhagalpur-Muzaffarpur Jan Sewa Express (13419 up and 12420 down) will make its maiden run on the Ganga bridge. Presently, the train originates from Bhagalpur and runs via Jamalpur, Kiul and Mokama crossing Rajendra Setu and Barauni,” East Central Railway CPRO Arvind Rajak said on Saturday and added the step would reduce congestion on the rail tracks between Kiul and Mokama at least by 15%.