Patna: Union Minister of State for Railways E. Ahamed has said the proposed 4556-metre road-cum-rail bridge over the Ganga, near here would be a pride of the nation.

Mr. Ahamed, who inspected the construction works for the bridge, which would connect Patna and Sonepur, with officials of East Central Railway here on Sunday, expressed satisfaction over the ongoing works, a press release issued by ECR said.

Largest bridge

He instructed the officials to get the works on the bridge, the largest bridge in India, completed by December 2012. The project was taken up when Nitish Kumar was railway minister and work started four years ago.

A sum of Rs 1366 crore was likely to be spent on the construction of the bridge, Mr. Ahamed said. ECR’s General Manager Dipak Krishna, Chief administrative Officer Madhuresh Kumar, Division Railway Manager (Danapur) Gyan Prakash, accompanied Mr. Ahamed during the inspection.

Food quality

Meanwhile, Mr. Ahamed also inspected the Patna junction and directed the authorities to ensure cleanliness and quality food for passengers.

He said he had urged Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to take steps to ensure safety of passengers and property of railways in Bihar and check cases of drugging, loot and theft and other crime on running trains. -- PTI