"This project was initiated when Nitish Kumar was Railway Minister and Atal ji was Prime Minister. The dream of that time is being realised now,” he added.

"Had this not been neglected in last 10 years and work been taken up for it even under routine budget, even then it would have been completed in six-seven years," PM Modi said dedicating to the nation the newly constructed Digha-Sonepur rail-cum-road bridge here, which is stated to be the longest in the country.

He rued that the cost of the project escalated from its earlier estimate of Rs 600 crore to Rs 3,000 crore due to the "delay".

"This money belongs to people. Some or the other reasons crop up in our country that the process of development gets derailed," he said.

Leaving aside political rivalry, PM Modi who has shared a contentious relationship with Kumar in past, also chose the occasion to laud the Bihar Chief Minister's efforts in taking forward Centre's rural electrification scheme in Bihar.

"I am grateful to Nitish ji. Work is progressing with speed in Bihar due to his efforts. If the Central government and the Bihar government decisively work, we can finish the work fast and make a proud Bihar," he said.

Kumar had walked out of NDA snapping the 17-year-old ties with BJP over the deemed projection of Modi as prime ministerial candidate of that party in June 2013.

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