Then and Now – Flyovers
So I am here again with my Now and Then series. If you want to know more about this series, then check out my previous article on Now and Then – Parks in Patna. What I really want to talk about in this series is the changes that our city has witnessed over the past decade.
10 years back the only flyovers we had were the Chriyantand Flyover, Rajendra Nagar Bridge, Mitthapur Over Bridge, Chitkohra Bridge and Gandhi Setu. I remember when the Mitthapur Over Bridge was inaugurated that had a two way on the flyover itself, it was an attraction point. My father used to take us on a drive on the flyover late at night. It was a fun time with family. So, in short, what I am trying to tell you is that flyovers were a novelty.
Slowly, Patna is getting more and more flyovers which showcases the infrastructural developmental. It also signifies that traffic in Patna is increasing and we need more roads to accommodate that traffic.
The first set of newly built flyovers were the two flyovers that come one after the other at Shaguna More. When I visited Patna once by car and entered from Danapur side, I was pleasantly surprised to see those two flyovers. They somehow reminded me of the flyover that we get when we enter Pune from Kothrud. So, for me, it was a sign that Patna is now turning into a big city from a small town.
I don’t think that I can count the number of flyovers Patna has now. One of the most clicked bridges that we have is the Digha-Sonepur bridge over the river Ganga. Many more projects are in pipeline. I feel so happy with these editions in our cityscape. Flyovers are not a novelty anymore which clearly means we are developing! These bridges have made Patna come closer. It is very easy to travel to Patna City Gurudwara because of the flyovers in town.
I was recently talking to my father and he still has a lot of interest in the flyovers, railway over bridges and river bridges that Patna has. He gave me a total list of the flyovers that we have in and around Patna. He also told me a very interesting fact that the railway over bridges are built by Indian Railways, while the flyovers like the one in Shaguna More/Ashiana are built by the Bihar State Government.
Do you have a favorite flyover? Mine is the one over Patna Railway station from the point where we can see Buddha Smriti Park on one side, and the Jama Masjid, Mahavir Mandir and Railway Station on the other side.
What else do you think has changed positively in our city over time? Do let us know in the comment below.