In an attempt to appease voters ahead of the upcoming Bihar Assembly Elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the historic Kosi Rail Mega Bridge in Bihar through video conference and dedicated it to the nation. Also Read - Bihar Elections 2020: Setback For RJD As Veteran Leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh Quits Party

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his deputy Sushil Modi and Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal were also present.

The 1.9 kilometres long bridge project was sanctioned by Centre in 2003-04 and has been constructed at a cost of Rs 516 crores.

Congratulating the people of Bihar on the inauguration of the project, PM Modi remarked, “These projects will improve Bihar’s railway network and also strengthen connectivity in areas of West Bengal and West India.”

The inauguration of Kosi rail mega bridge will fulfil the 86-year-old dream and a long wait of the people of the region, the PMO said.

“This bridge is of strategic importance along the India-Nepal border. The project was completed during the COVID-19 pandemic where the migrant labour also participated in its completion,” a govt release said.

Apart from Kosi Rail Mega Bridge, the Prime Minister will also inaugurate other rail projects which include a new railway bridge on the Kiul River, two new railway lines, five electrification projects, one electric locomotive shed at Barauni and a third line project between Barh-Bakhtiyarpur, according to an official release.

“The dedication of the Kosi Rail Mahasetu is a watershed moment in the history of Bihar and the entire region connecting to the North East. In 1887, a metre gauge link was built in between Nirmali and Bhaptiahi (Saraigarh). During the heavy flood and severe India-Nepal earthquake in 1934, the rail link was washed away. Thereafter, due to the meandering nature of Kosi river, no attempt was made to restore this rail link for long period,” the release said.

(With Agency inputs)