Kosi Mahasetu thrown open to the general public

The Kosi Mahasetuion
The long wait for lakhs of people of Mithila region was finally over when the 1.8 km long Kosi Mahasetu (bridge) was thrown open to the general public in Supaul on Wednesday, restoring a vital link ruined 78 years ago.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, as the railway minister then, had laid the foundation stone for the Kosi Mahasetu, along with then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in June 2003.

It was nearly 78 years ago when a devastating earthquake  snapped the link between two parts of Mithilanchal comprising Darbhanga, Madhubani on the one side and Supaul, Saharsa and Madhepura on the other side in 1934. 
With the bridge caving in, the development in the region was also impeded. Trade had suffered the most as the people of two neighbouring districts (Darbhanga and Saharsa) or (Madhubani and Supaul) had to cover a circuitous route which was several hundred kilometres long to reach each other.
Completion of the 1.8-km bridge in the Supaul district was of “unspeakable happiness”. Inaugurating the bridge along with Union road transport and highways minister C.P. Joshi, Mr Kumar asked people in flood-prone northern Bihar to “celebrate and congratulate one another..
Completed in four years and nine months, this `418-crore project at Nirmali, part of the East-West Corridor, will restore direct territorial and cultural links between Bihar’s Mithilanchal regions that had collapsed in 1934, when a devastating earthquake pulled down a railway bridge.

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