The Union Ministry?s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved two projects for widening of highways in Bihar and Orissa. Under the first project the Patna-Dobhi section of the NH-83 in Bihar ? a 127 km stretch, will be widened to four lanes. The road will act as a feeder for the international Nalanda University being planned in Rajgir. The project which is being funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is expected to cost
? 2,015.6 crore and will reduce vehicle operating costs and travel time. The cost includes civil construction, supervision works, land acquisition, rehabilitation and pre-construction activities. The Japanese government will also fund the stretch between NH-30 at Patna and the junction of NH-83 and NH-2.
The second project, costing
? 3,636.43 crore is for converting a 368km stretch of the national highway NH-6 in Orissa and Jharkhand under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase IV. The project will be on a Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis with a concession period of 30 years including a construction period of 36 months. The project will improve infrastructure in both the states and also reduce the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy vehicles.