NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation the historic Kosi Rail Mahasetu to the Nation through video-conference at 12 Noon today. Apart from this, the Prime Minister shall also inaugurate 12 rail projects related to passenger facilities for the benefit of Bihar.
These include a new railway bridge on the Kiul River, two new railway lines, 5 Electrification projects, one Electric Locomotive Shed and 3rd Line Project between Barh-Bakhtiyarpur.In 1887, a meter gauge link was built in between Nirmali and Bhaptiahi (Saraigarh). During the heavy flood and severe Indo Nepal earthquake in 1934, the rail link was washed away and thereafter due to meandering nature of river Kosi no attempt was made to restore this Rail link for long period.
The Kosi Mega Bridge line project was sanctioned by Government of India during 2003-04. The Kosi Rail Mahasetu is 1.9 KM long and its construction cost is Rs. 516 Crore. 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.