It has been over a year since the agreement to extend the Purvanchal Expressway to Bhagalpur. This road will serve as a crucial link from Bhagalpur through Uttar Pradesh to Delhi.

The construction of approximately 300 km of this expressway in Bihar is still pending. Meanwhile, another significant project, the Raxaul-Dighwara-Haldia Expressway, involves constructing a 350 km road in Bihar.

Key Developments:

  • Nitin Gadkari’s Role: With the reformation of the central government, Nitin Gadkari has once again taken charge of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, raising hopes for the completion of these long-pending expressway projects in Bihar.


  • Pending Projects: Despite agreements and plans, several expressways under the Bharatmala Series-2, such as the Raxaul-Dighwara-Haldia Expressway, are still awaiting land acquisition or have made no progress at all.


Details of Key Expressways:

  • Purvanchal Expressway Extension:
    • Route: From Bhagalpur to Delhi via Uttar Pradesh.
    • Length in Bihar: Approximately 300 km.
    • Status: Construction is pending despite agreement over a year ago.


  • Raxaul-Dighwara-Haldia Expressway:
    • Route: From Raxaul in Bihar through Jharkhand to Haldia in West Bengal.
    • Length in Bihar: Approximately 350 km.
    • Importance: Significant for inter-country transportation, providing direct connectivity from Haldia Port to Raxaul, benefiting Nepal.
    • Alignment: Includes major areas such as Patna, Bihar Sharif, Sheikhpura, and Jamui, extending towards Banka and Dumka before reaching Haldia.
    • Status: Project work is yet to gain momentum.


  • Patna-Purnia Expressway:
    • Route: Between Patna and Purnia.
    • Status: Stuck due to pending land acquisition approvals.


  • Gorakhpur-Siliguri Expressway:
    • Route: Will provide new connectivity to several districts in Bihar and extend to Siliguri.
    • Length in Bihar: Approximately 450 km.
    • Status: Currently delayed at the land acquisition stage.


Key Takeaways:

  • Nitin Gadkari’s Role: His reappointment as Minister has revived discussions on Bihar’s expressway projects.
  • Pending Projects: Many projects are still awaiting land acquisition or other approvals.
  • Significance: These expressways are vital for improved connectivity and economic growth in Bihar.

All At Once:

Expressway Route Length in Bihar Status
Purvanchal Expressway Bhagalpur to Delhi via UP 300 km Construction pending
Raxaul-Dighwara-Haldia Raxaul to Haldia via Jharkhand 350 km Work yet to gain momentum
Patna-Purnia Expressway Patna to Purnia Stuck due to land acquisition
Gorakhpur-Siliguri Gorakhpur to Siliguri 450 km Delayed at land acquisition

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