PM Modi to Inaugurate Kosi Rail Mahasetu Bridge in Bihar
Kosi Mahasetu Rail Bridge (Photo Credits: Twitter @twittmanohar)

In the year 1887, a meter gauge link was built between Nirmali and Bhaptiahi which got swept up in the flood in 1934. Now, 86 years later, the Government of India has constructed the Kosi Mahasetu Rail Bridge to bring the people of Kosi and Mithilanchal closer. The total cost to build this 1.9 km long rail bridge has been stated as Rs 516 crores.

After the construction of Kosi Mahasetu Rail Bridge, the distance between Nirmali and Baptiahi (Saraigarh) is drastically reduced. Before the construction of the bridge, if one had to go to Baptiahi from Nirmali, then he had to cover a distance of 298 kilometers. To reach Baptiahi from Nirmali, one had to cross 5 districts i.e. Darbhanga-Samastipur-Khagaria-Mansi-and Saharsa. But now after the construction of this bridge, the distance between Nirmali and Baptiahi is just 22 kilometers.

Talking about the operation of trains on this bridge, it was successfully tested in June this year. After the construction of this bridge, it is believed that India will be strong on the Nepal border, as some districts adjacent to Nepal will quickly connect with Mithilanchal.

In the year 2003-04, the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee had sanctioned this Mahasetu and now after 16 years, Narendra Modi’s government will inaugurate this bridge today i.e. 18 September 2020 through videoconferencing from New Delhi.

Apart from Kosi Mahasetu Rail Bridge, today Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate 12 other railway related projects in Bihar which we have listed below.

  • A railway bridge over the Kiul River.
  • Two new railway lines, one in Hajipur-Ghoswar-Vaishali section and the other in Islampur-Nateshwar section.
  • 5 Railway electrification projects: First in between Muzaffarpur-Sitamarhi section, second in Katihar-New Jalpaiguri section, third in Samastipur-Darbhanga-Jaynagar section, fourth in Samastipur-Khagariya section, and fifth in Bhagalpur-Shivnarayanpur section.
  • An electric locomotive shed and third line project between Flood and Bakhtiarpur.

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