Cabinet Approves 6-Lane Bridge With Its Approaches Across River Ganga At Phaphamau, Allahabad In Uttar Pradesh
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, approved the project for the construction of 9.9 km long, new 6 - lane bridge across river Ganga on NH - 96 at Phaphamau in Allahabad with the total capital cost of Rs. 1948.25 crore. The construction period for the project is three years and likely to be completed by December 2021.
The new bridge will resolve the traffic congestion on existing old 2 - lane Phaphamau bridge on NH-96 at Allahabad. The new bridge will also facilitate to the large congregation of people at Holy City Allahabad during Kumbh, Ardh-Kumbh and other yearly ritual baths at SANGAM in Prayag. This will give a boost to pilgrimage tourism and local economy of Holy city of Prayag.
This new 6 - lane bridge will also be beneficial for the Lucknow / Faizabad bound traffic coming from Madhya Pradesh via National Highway - 27 and National Highway - 76 through Naini Bridge. In addition, this project of the new bridge will generate direct employment during construction for about 9.20 lakh man-days.
At present all the Allahabad bound traffic coming from National Highway - 96, National Highway - 24 B, Asian Highway -1 and other local highways are using the existing old 2 - lane bridge at Phaphamau for crossing the River Ganga.
There is no entry for goods vehicles on this bridge from 6 am to 11 pm. The present traffic on the old bridge is about 40,000 PCUs (Passenger Car Units) which is manifold greater than its designed capacity of 15,000 PCUs (Passenger Car Units), resulting in a severe jam over the bridge all around the day and night. This new 6 - lane bridge will decongest the old bridge and will also ensure fast and safe movement for traffic.