In the midst of growing tensions between India and China on the real control line, the Center canceled the call for tenders for a bridge project over the Ganga river in Bihar following the involvement of two Chinese companies in the mega project.
A senior Bihar government official said that two of the four contractors selected for the project were Chinese, and that is why the Center decided to cancel the tender. The official added that a new tender will be launched soon.
The capital cost of the whole project was around Rs 2,900 crore. The project included the construction of a 5.6 km bridge, other minor bridges, underpasses and a railway bridge.
The Centre’s decision to abandon the project came a few days after the martyrdom of 20 Indian soldiers, including a commander, during a clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh on June 15.
The project was approved on December 16, 2019 by the Ministerial Committee for Economic Affairs of the Union government, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The new bridge was to be built parallel to the iconic Mahatma Gandhi Setu across the Ganga River. The construction of this bridge should help the inhabitants of the districts of Patna, Saran and Vaishali. The mega project also included the construction of four underpasses for vehicles, a railway bridge, a 1.58 km long viaduct, an overflight, four minor bridges, five bus shelters and 13 crossroads.
The project was scheduled to be completed in January 2023.