Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday afternoon formally inaugurated the 4.5 km long rail-cum-road bridge at Bihar's Digha-Sonepur stretch. The ambitious project which took the government to complete almost after 12 years was initiated during the tenure of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and when Nitish Kumar was Railway Minister.
While alleging the UPA government for delaying the project, PM Modi said that the project was neglected for last 10 years when the UPA were in power. “The rail-cum-road bridge in Hajipur could have been completed for Rs 600 crore but due to the delay in project the cost exceeded to Rs 3000 crore," Modi said while targeting the UPA government.
“I can guess the importance of this bridge looking at the excitement of the people here. This project was initiated when Nitish Kumar was Railway Minister and Atal Bihari Vajpayee was PM, & now it is being completed," said PM Modi. He said, “The nerve centre of India's development is in eastern parts of the country. Rail, Roads and infrastructure has the strength to not only lay foundation for development but also accelerates growth".
PM Modi is hopeful that the Centre and Bihar Government will work together, shoulder to shoulder to develop Bihar. He said, “Rail is not just a mode of transport but is also a medium which can give impetus to growth in any economy".
Around two lakh people gathered at the venue in Hajipur where PM Modi visited Bihar almost five months of BJP's humiliating defeat in Bihar assembly elections of 2015. During the election rally PM Modi had aggressively addressed around 28 rally which is almost a record for a Prime Minister. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar along with Ram Vilas Paswan and JD(U) Chief Sharad Yadav were also present at the venue. Lalu Prasad Yadav was not invited for PM's Hajipur function, report suggest.