Sattarghat Bridge Washed Away A Month After Inauguration By Bihar CM
portion of a new bridge connecting Gopalganj and East Champaran in Bihar collapsed on Wednesday after heavy rainfall in the region, just 29 days after it was inaugurated by chief minister Nitish Kumar. No injuries have been reported so far.
The 1.4km Sattarghat Mahasetu bridge on Gandak River was thrown open to commuters on June 16, eight years after work on it started in April 2012. It was built by the Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Ltd at a cost of Rs 264
The road was near Sattarghat Bridge on the Gandak River in Gopalganj, around 150 km from Patna. Opposition leaders – Tejashwi Yadav of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Madan Mohan Jha of the Congress – tweeted pictures alleging the “brand new Sattarghat Bridge has collapsed just a month after it was inaugurated by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.” Over Rs 260 crore was spent on the bridge, they said.
Calling it “fake news”, the Bihar government put out a clarification on social media. According to state government officials, a road around two kilometre from the main bridge was damaged. The link road runs along the embankment and has no direct connection to the Sattarghat Bridge, which is safe, the government note said.
The Sattarghat bridge of Gopalganj built at a cost of Rs 263.47 crore in 8 years, was inaugurated by Nitish Ji on June 16. Today, 29 days later the bridge collapsed. Beware! If someone terms it corruption by Nitish ji. Rs 263 crore is for just a glimpse. Even their rats consume alcohol worth this amount,” Tejashwi Yadav tweeted in Hindi.
Bihar Congress chief Dr Madan Mohan Jha also posted in Hindi: “The inauguration of the bridge constructed at a cost of Rs 263.47 crore on June 16 and its destruction on July 15. Now do not accuse the poor rat for this.”
In 2017, a minister in Nitish Kumar’s cabinet had blamed rats for making holes in the embankments, weakening structures and allowing river water breach through them, thus resulting in floods in Bihar.