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    BJP takes development route to gain ground in North Bihar

    Synopsis

    The BJP-led central government has announced an All India Institute of Medical Science in Darbhanga and promised operationalisation of the Darbhanga airport by next month. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now set to inaugurate the Kosi Rail Bridge at Supaul and lay the foundation stone for a road bridge over the river at Phulaut.

    By announcing the AIIMS and starting of the airport in Darbhanga just before the elections, the BJP is trying to capture the lost ground.
    NEW DELHI: The BJP is trying to increase its presence in the Kosi region of North Bihar with big announcements from the Centre, after the party performed badly there in the 2015 state elections.

    The BJP-led central government has announced an All India Institute of Medical Science in Darbhanga and promised operationalisation of the Darbhanga airport by next month. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now set to inaugurate the Kosi Rail Bridge at Supaul and lay the foundation stone for a road bridge over the river at Phulaut.

    “These infrastructure projects will change the face of this region in North Bihar and address the long-standing complaint from the region that the Centre has ignored it and not given projects here,” a BJP leader in Bihar told ET.

    The region is ravaged by floods every year. According to the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the position of chief minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (U) is shaky there, after opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav toured the region during floods this year.

    In 2015, the JDU and RJD, which were allies at the time, had won most of the seats in the region.

    The BJP and JDU are on the same side this time. By announcing the AIIMS and starting of the airport in Darbhanga just before the elections, the BJP is trying to capture the lost ground as well as contribute to the NDA alliance.

    Central projects have taken their time to reach the region. The AIIMS for Darbhanga, announced by the then finance minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech of 2015-16, got approval from the Union Cabinet on Tuesday. The first official demand from the Kumar government for starting flights under the Udan regional connectivity scheme to Darbhanga came in 2017. The work on the airport is being completed now. Foundation stone of the rail bridge in Supaul was laid by the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2003, but it took 17 years to be built.

    In fact, the original bridge in Supaul was destroyed in an earthquake 86 years ago, but was not rebuilt till work started in 2003. The new bridge, constructed at a cost of Rs 516 crore, makes the rail route to the northeast shorter — it will reduce the distance between Nirmali and Saraigad in Bihar to 22 kms from 298 kms now. The Rs 1,100-crore road bridge over the Kosi in Phalaut will fill a 10-km missing link on NH-106. Once it is constructed, traffic from Phulaut to Bihpur will not need to take a 72-km detour.
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    2 Comments on this Story

    SkyWalker 162 days ago
    Modi takes development route.....on the doorstep of elections 🤣
    Subbu India162 days ago
    None of the parties in India keep their promises made during electioneering.
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