Bihar that is going to have assembly election in this year where current JDU Party run Nitish Kumar govt has asked contractors to change their Chienese partners before the cancellation of the contracts.
The contracts of two out of the four contractors who were selected for the construction of a new bridge parallel to Mahatma Gandhi Setu have been cancelled as they had Chinese partners, said Bihar Minister Nand Kishore Yadav.
“Seven contractors had applied out of which three were disqualified and out of the remaining four, two had Chinese companies as partners, so we asked them to change their partners but they couldn’t, so we cancelled their tender.
We have called for applications again on June 27, for which the last date is July 29,” said Nand Kishore Yadav.
“It is an important bridge, and if the participation of foreign countries increases, it can be harmful. This decision was made after a lot of thinking and that’s why we have retendered,” he added.
Mahatma Gandhi Setu (also called Gandhi Setu or Ganga Setu) is a bridge over the river Ganges in Bihar, India, connecting Patna in the south to Hajipur in the north.
In recent decades, Mahatma Gandhi Setu the bridge has experienced major traffic chaos due to traffic of 85,000 vehicles and also average 12,000 pedestrians crossing it, operating in excess of capacity and overloading the structure.
The Bihar government has planned to build two pontoon bridges parallel to it, in order to relieve these problems.
Its length is 5,750 metres and it is the third-longest river bridge in India. It was inaugurated in May 1982 in a ceremony in Hajipur by the then prime minister, Indira Gandhi.