RKEC Projects in joint venture with China’s Qingdao Construction Engineering has bagged a new project worth ₹ 521 crore to construct a four-lane bridge across Ganga river, near Farakkha in West Bengal.

The project, is among the 12 such bridges to be constructed over Ganges as envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is expected to be completed in 36 months.

The existing Farakka rail-cum-road barrage is the only link between the north-eastern region and the country including Nepal and Bhutan. It was opened for public in 1972. The increasing traffic has forced government to construct a new bridge between Farakka and Malda.

The National Highway Authority of India had taken up a new bridge project and entrusted the same to RKEC joint venture for construction of 5.468 km long bridge-cum-approach roads along NH-34 on EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) model.

RKEC Projects has mobilised equipment worth over ₹ 100 crore consisting of eight hydrulic piling machines, 10 heavy duty cranes, three batching plants, 12 concrete mixtures, three concrete pumps with a boom placer and two launching girder of 60 meters.

Garapati Radhakrishna, Chairman, RKEC Projects said the construction of the bridge had been taken up both from Farakka and Malda side to speed up the completion and would directly generate employment for about 21.03 lakh man-days during construction.

The project will use about 1.30 lakh cubic meters of concrete and 20,000 tonnes of reinforcement bars as also 10,000 tonnes of structural steel.

RKEC has completed 92 projects worth over ₹ 1,700 crore and currently handling nine projects amounting to ₹ 875 crore.