March 9, 2021 | 12:47 AM IST

Newly inaugurated Rs 264-cr bridge in Bihar gets washed following heavy rains

Bihar government’s Sattarghat Mahasetu, built at a cost of Rs 264 crore in Chhapra district collapsed due to heavy rainfall in just 29 days. The bridge, on the banks of Burhi Gandak River, was inaugurated by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar via video-conferencing on June 16.

The bridge spanning 1.4 km (1,440-meter stretch) took 8 years to complete to connect Gopalganj and East Champaran. The East Champaran district administration immediately informed the Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam about the incident. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported so far. 

After the incident, the opposition started taking a dig at the Nitish Kumar government. Leader of Opposition in Bihar Legislative Assembly Tejashwi Yadav tweeted, “It took 8 years for Rs 263 crore bridge to build, but collapsed within 29 days. Bhishma Pitamah of corruption Nitish ji will not speak a word about it and neither will he dismiss his corrupt minister. There is looting everywhere in Bihar.”

Bihar Congress Chief Dr Madan Mohan Jha too tweeted “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.”

The region has been witnessing heavy rains for the past several days resulting in an overflow of Burhi Gandak River and massive soil erosion.

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