Mahatma Gandhi Setu

Mahatma Gandhi Setu (Hindi: महात्मा गाँधी सेतु, Urdu: مہاتما گاندھی سیتو) is a bridge over the river Ganges connecting Patna in the south to Hajipur in the north of Bihar. It was the longest river bridge in India at the time of its construction. It was inaugurated in May 1982 by the then Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi.

Its length is 5,575 metres (18,291 ft) which makes it was one of the longest bridges in the world. There are 48 pilers to this bridge.


This bridge was built by Gammon India Limited . It consists 46 spans of 121 metres (397 ft) each and 2 spans of 63 metres (207 ft) at each end. The deck provides for a 7.5 metres (25 ft) wide two lane roadway for IRC class 70 R loading with footpaths on either side. The cantilever segmental construction method is adopted to construct this mega bridge. 650 million or 65 crore (at 1972 prices of India) rupees were spent on constructing this bridge.


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  • Kumar Indresh
    Kumar Indresh commented
    the bridge is vital to locals as it connects northern part if the state of bihar to the southern part. It is about to be decomissioned now as another bridge is coming up to take it's place. Presently this old bridge is in poor shape and under heavy maintainancr works all the year round to keep it up. Jams are common on the bridge.
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