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New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by PM Narendra Modi has approved the construction of new link between Sahibganj bypass in Jharkhand to Manihari bypass in Bihar including four- lane bridge over river Ganga.  The cost is estimated to be Rs 1,954.77 crore including cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road to be developed is approximately 22 km.
This work, according to a PIB  release,will be done under the National Highways (others) on Hybrid Annuity Mode. The concession period of the project is 19 years including  construction period of four years.  The new link road will be approximately 16 km long. This stretch also includes a four-lane Bridge over river Ganga.
The project will help in expediting the improvement of infrastructure in Bihar and Jharkhand and also in reducing the time and cost of travel for traffic particularly heavy traffic plying in the area in these states. The development of this stretch will also help in improving the socio-economic condition of this region in the State.  It would also increase employment potential for local labourers for project activities. It has been estimated that 4,076 mandays are required for construction of one kilometre of highway. As such, employment potential of 89,000 mandays will be generated locally during the construction period of this stretch.
The new project highway is a new formation of the missing link at NH-131A to NH-133B connecting Sahibganj in Jharkhand and Manihari in Bihar. At present, there is a missing link between Jharkhand to Bihar as there is no bridge over river Ganga at this location.

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