Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Thursday inaugurated two national highway projects worth ₹1,082 crore in Raiganj, West Bengal. The Minister said that this 5 km 4-lane bypass will solve the traffic problem in D’Arcola by meeting the 60-year-old demand of the people of D’Alcola (NH-34) for 60 years with a total cost of Rs 120 crore. Said it would be resolved eventually.“The construction of the bypass and his ROB will reduce the travel time from Siliguri to Kolkata by two hours for him. The route will also improve travel along the border areas of Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal,” said Gadkari added.
The minister said the four-lane route from Raniganj to Dalkhola was built at a total cost of Rs 962 crore to improve overall connectivity between western Medinipur and the Bangladesh border. “The route will also improve connectivity between Bengal and the northeast region.”Earlier in the day, the Minister was sworn in and in Siliguri he laid the cornerstone for his three national highway projects worth Rs 1,206 thousand.
The minister said the project launched will boost international connectivity and ROBs instead of railroad crossings. “Improved safety features help reduce accidents and reduce travel distance and time.” Gadkari also announced that a bridge across the Teesta River will soon be built at a cost of 1,100 crores, adding that other infrastructure projects are in the pipeline.