The Bengal government will construct a bridge over the Muriganga river connecting Kakdwip and Kachuberia in Sagar Island, the gateway to Gangasagar, after repeated reminders to the Centre for building the bridge went unanswered, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday.
“The bridge is long overdue,” Banerjee said in Gangasagar. “We have sent repeated reminders to the Centre for the construction of the bridge. But there is no response yet. We will construct the bridge ourselves.”
Earlier, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had proposed construction of a bridge across the Muriganga. Back in 2016, a detailed project report of an estimated cost of Rs 2,800 crore had been prepared.
As of now, pilgrims and tourists have to travel by road to Harwood Point before they can cross the Muriganga.
Calling the Gangasagar congregation a national event next only to Kumbh Mela, Banerjee said: “Each year lakhs of pilgrims come here. Gangasagar Mela is next to Kumbh Mela in stature. We have asked the Centre to declare it a national fair, but they are yet to do that.”
The CM paid a visit to the Kapil Muni Ashram here on Tuesday and offered prayers. She is scheduled to hold an administrative meeting in Gangasagar on Wednesday.
Mohanta Gyandas of Kapil Muni Ashram said Gangasagar had facilities that were missing in Kumbh Mela. “Over the years, we have seen developments in Gangasagar that can’t even be seen at Kumbh. We have been waiting for Gangasagar Mela to have a national stature. It seems we won’t have it until Didi goes to Delhi,” the priest.
Source: Times of India