The Bihar government is working on a project to connect the proposed international airport at Bihta, on the outskirts of Patna, with a 40-km expressway and four-lane link roads. The new domestic airport is expected to be operational by 2019-20.
There is also a proposal to construct an elevated four-lane road from Danapur railway station to Bihta via Shivala Chowk and convert the existing two-lane Saguna More-Danapur station road into four-lane so that travelling to the new airport is less time consuming and cumbersome.
The state government and directorate of civil aviation have already cleared the proposal to build a new domestic airport at Bihta by expanding facilities at the air force station there.
“We have asked the Bihar State Road Development Corporation (BSRDC) to prepare a detailed project report ( DPR) of the proposed elevated road from Danapur station to Bihta. This road will serve as an expressway to the new airport,” said deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav on Friday.
Yadav, who also holds the road construction department portfolio, said the new elevated expressway was imperative as the alternative route to Bihta via Maner was narrow and could not take the load of heavy traffic. The road would become much more congested, once the new airport was made operational, he said.
“We want the expressway to come up by 2020 to coincide with the new airport becoming operational. The proposal of making the Saguna More roundabout to Danapur station a four-lane road would soon be placed in the cabinet for approval,” Yadav said, adding that the airport expressway would be connected with link roads in western Patna, including the Digha-AIIMS elevated road.
More importantly, Yadav said, the vehicular traffic would be thrown open on the Digha-Sonepur rail-cum-rail bridge from June as the construction of the approach road on both sides was in its last leg.
“Small vehicles would start plying on the road bridge from June onwards. The traffic of heavy vehicles would start only after certain issues related to land acquisition are settled,” Yadav added.