Patna all set to get its own 'Marine Drive': Know all about it


Patna, the capital city of Bihar, is set to get its own version of Mumbai’s famous Marine Drive. The Loknayak Ganga Path, also known as the Patna Marine Drive, is a 3,390 crore project that is being built on the southern bank of the Ganga to reduce traffic on the congested Ashok Rajpath.

The Loknayak Ganga Path is a four-lane controlled-access highway. The project spans 20.50 kilometres, beginning in Digha and ending near Didarganj.

The foundation stone was laid in 2013 under CM Nitish Kumar’s second term. However, the project, which was supposed to be completed in 2017, has been pushed back to 2024 due to procedural delays in land acquisition and design changes.

The first stretch to be opened is the 6.5-kilometer-long Digha-AN Sinha Institute stretch. It is scheduled to open in 2022 within the next few days.

In addition to planned riverfront development activities, the Ganga Path has been designed as a high-speed corridor with excellent riding conditions and the provision of allied facilities, and the project will have world-class facilities such as noise barriers and fencing, street lighting, pedestrian facilities, landscaping and tree plantation, and traffic and medical aid posts, among others.

Mumbai’s Marine Drive

Marine Drive in Mumbai, officially known as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, is a three-kilometer-long concrete road in the city’s southern outskirts. It stretches northward and forms a bay.

The construction of Marine Drive was essentially one of the many components of the British Government’s Back Bay Reclamation Scheme.

This beautiful road, located at the foothills of the Malabar range, forms a ‘C’ shape and connects Babulnath to Nariman Point.

Sonapur is another name for Marine Drive. This lovely tourist destination is also known as Queen’s Necklace because the sparkling streetlights along the vast coastline appear at night like a chain of stunning pearls, creating a virtual image of an elegant necklace.


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