Mahatma Gandhi Setu is located in Patna, Bihar, northern India. It crosses the Ganges and connects Patna and Hajipur. It is part of Indian National Highway 19.
The length of the bridge is 3.6 mi (5.8 km) and the section that crosses the Ganges is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) long. Construction began in 1972, the opening ceremony of the east side bridge was held in May 1982, and the west side bridge was completed and opened to traffic in 1987. It cost 872.2 million rupees (US $46 million).
Due to the poor quality of this bridge, the west side bridge entered a state of maintenance and repair a few years after it was opened to traffic.
- 1969: The bridge project was approved by the Central Government of India.
- 1972: Construction of the bridge begins, initially expected to open in June 1978.
- April 1979: The storm destroyed two gantry frames and casting beds. Each gantry crane weighs 300 tons. There was a severe shortage of cement and construction materials, and workers went on strike, causing delays in construction schedules.
- June 1980: First time extension
- September 1980: The actual progress of the project was 80% completed.
- December 1981: The second postponement, the disagreement between the contractor and the government overpayments stalled construction activity The claim and bill have been transferred to the legal department.
- May 1982: Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi attended the opening ceremony of the bridge.
- June 1982: The east side of the bridge was opened to traffic.
- April 1987: The west side bridge of Mahatma Gandhi Setu was officially completed.
Maintenance and renovation
- 1991: Due to the poor construction quality of the project, the bridge was seriously damaged, affecting normal use.
- 2004: The west side bridge entered the maintenance state. Intermittently.
- April 2014: In order to ease the traffic pressure during the renovation of the west side bridge, two pontoon bridges parallel to Mahatma Gandhi Setu were constructed and completed in 2015.
- 2015: Indian Prime Minister Modi announced that it would spend 1 billion rupees to renovate Mahatma Gandhi Setu.
- January 15, 2017: The restoration of the dilapidated Mahatma Gandhi Setu begins. The bridge on the west side is fully upgraded and reinforced with steel.
- The new west side bridge, which consumes 66,000 tons of steel, is planned to be completed by December 2021.
Building technical parameters
Mahatma Gandhi Setu is 3.6 mi (5.8 km) long, and the section that crosses the Ganges is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) long. The bridge consists of 45 spans of 397 ft (121 m) in length, with a span length of 213 ft (65 m) at both ends.
Mahatma Gandhi Setu consists of 2 parallel bridges, the east side bridge and the west side bridge. Each bridge has 2 lanes for a total of 4 lanes. The width of the bridge deck is 82 ft (25 m).
The road surface of the west bridge has been damaged, and the renovation project has begun. Therefore, in addition to the pillars, the old concrete bridge deck on the west side will be converted into a steel bridge deck.
Mahatma Gandhi Setu Data
- South Asia
- In use
- Official name
- Mahatma Gandhi Setu
- Other name
- Ganga Setu, Gandhi Setu
- Patna, Bihar, India
- Gammon India
- Gammon India
- National Highways Authority of India
- 872.2 million rupees (US $46 million )
- Construction end
- Apr, 1987
- May 1982
- Total length
- 3.6 mi ( 5.8 km )
- Length over water
- 1.4 mi ( 2.3 km )
- 82 ft ( 25 m )
- Design type
- Girder bridge
- No (revoked)
- Road scale
- 4 lanes
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