Bihar News: After decades of struggle, Bihar got Munger and Begusarai
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has left Patna for Munger. The bridge will be inaugurated soon. He will be joined by Union Road Construction Minister Nitin Gadkari from Delhi. The bridge will be jointly inaugurated. The bridge connects the National Highway (NH 31) at Begusarai with NH 33 at Munger via NH 333 (A). The bridge will be very convenient for those who were forced to wander around Munger, Lakhisarai and Jamui to cross the river.
Patna: Bihar is soon going to get that bridge over the river Ganga, for which there was a struggle for years. The new bridge will be gifted to Munger Begusarai and Khagadia. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar will inaugurate the long-pending road bridge on the Ganges connecting Sahebpur Kamal to Munger in Begusarai on Friday. In the year 2002, the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee laid the foundation stone of a rail-cum-road bridge named after the first Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri Krishna Singh, about 168 km east of the capital Patna. At the same time, PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the 3.75 km long railway section of the bridge in March 2016. However, the road bridge built into the double deck could not be commissioned. Because the contact parts on both sides were not completed on time. To reach Munger from Sahebpur Kamal, people mostly traveled by dangerous boat around the river on motorcycles and bicycles. Because that was the only way. In such circumstances, the opening of this new bridge will bring a lot of relief to the people.
This is the seventh road bridge over the Ganges
About Rs. The new bridge, built at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore, is the seventh road bridge over the Ganges. Which connects National Highway (NH 31) at Begusarai to NH 33 via NH 333 (A) via Munger. The bridge will be very convenient for those who are forced to cross the river to Munger, Lakhisarai and Jamui. The long history of the struggle for the bridge has been the construction of a rail-cum-road bridge over the Ganges at Munger, a dream that the people of the district seem to be fulfilling today. But it took a long time to fulfill this dream.
There is also a long story of struggle behind it. The struggle took place from the district headquarters to the capital Delhi. Munger had been fasting till death for 14 days on the land. As a result of the collective struggle of Munger-Begusarai-Khagaria district, the construction of this bridge will increase the convenience of the people of Munger, Khagaria and Begusarai. An organization called Jagruti continued to move the bridge. Later when the then Munger MP Brahmananda Mandal went on a fast to demand a bridge. For the first time since then, the then Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of the Government of India, Pranab Mukherjee, had approved the decision to build the bridge at Munger. The bridge was approved when Nitish Kumar was Railway Minister. The bridge was then laid by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
The movement became more violent in the 70’s
Demand for this specialty has grown significantly as a result of recent corporate scandals. The movement to build on it gained momentum in 1971. It was then surveyed by the Rail India Technical and Economic Organization in 1976. The team said in the survey report that Munger is an earthquake affected area. Building bridges here is difficult and expensive. But the people of Bihar continued the movement to build bridges. The people of Munger, Begusarai and Khagaria held a meeting at Shaligrami High School in Begusarai and it was decided to start agitation.
In the year 1988, this movement got a new look with the slogan of Naya Kranti Ka Naya Bagle, Lakshya Hamara Ganga Pul … This was followed by continuous market closures, road jams and other agitations. People in Munger, Begusarai and Khagaria protested and made every effort to build bridges. Not only people from political parties but also school children took part in the protest. Run for Ganga Bridge was organized by the youth. In 1989, Jagruti imposed a two-day public curfew on 9 and 10 August. The then MP Brahmananda Mandal first raised the issue of rail-cum-road bridge over the Ganges at Munger in the Lok Sabha in 1991.
Letters were written from the Ministry of Railways and Surface Transport regarding the construction of the bridge. Despite this, the government of the day rejected the demand for a bridge over the Ganges at Munger. The MP, along with 13 associates, started a satyagrahi movement in Munger in October 1994 and fasted till death.
Munger Bridge is included in the 10th Five Year Plan
On the 14th day of the fast-unto-death, George Fernandez wrote a letter to the then Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Pranab Mukherjee, seeking his intervention in the matter. After this, Pranab Mukherjee wrote a letter to MP Brahmananda Mandal requesting him to end his fast till death and also gave a written assurance to build a rail-cum-road bridge at Munger. After this, the central government included the bridge construction project in the 10th Five Year Plan. On 15 August 2002, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee announced the construction of a bridge from Red Fort to Munger. He laid the foundation stone of the bridge from Delhi on December 25, 2002.
The foundation stone of Ganga bridge was laid in 2002, people celebrated Diwali
The foundation stone of Ganga Rail Cum Road Bridge was laid by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on December 26, 2002 by remote pressing from Delhi. That day was historic for Munger. The then Railway Minister Nitish Kumar was present on the occasion of laying the foundation stone in Munger. People were overjoyed when the curtain was lifted from the stone slab at the site of the foundation stone. Decades of struggle seemed to succeed. It is said that Diwali was celebrated on this day in Munger. Today again the people of Munger have decided to celebrate Diwali on Friday evening.