Bridge Collapse in Bihar: Calls for Urgent Reforms

In this article, suspicions of corruption and insufficient oversight are discussed in relation to the recent collapse of the Bihar Bhagalpur Bridge in Bhagalpur, Bihar. The incidents show how critical it is to make changes to Bihar’s infrastructure development and management procedures.

Bridge Collapse in Bihar: Calls for Urgent Reforms

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In Bihar’s Bhagalpur, a four-lane bridge that is currently being built came crashing down for the second time in a year, prompting accusations from the deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav that it was a deliberate destruction due to the design defects noticed by experts. The bridge, the foundation for which had been laid out in 2014 by CM Nitish Kumar, connects Sultanganj and Khagaria districts. Several parts of the bridge that had been built at an approximate cost of ₹1,700 crore have been removed due to structural defects.

Yadav spoke out about the incident and stated that restating the bridge will improve connectivity in North Bihar, and the government will complete the project, which was meant to start functioning by November of 2019, once all construction issues were fixed. Since then, the building project has missed its deadline eight times.

Political Blame Game

Videos of the collapse spread like wildfire across social media attracting tons of attention online from critics of opposition party BJP. In response to the BJP’s allegations, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) tweeted that BJP ministers Mangal Pandey, Nand Kishore Yadav, and Nitin Nabin were mostly responsible for the bridge’s construction.

State BJP president Samrat Choudhary suspected that “corruption is rampant” in the Bihar government. BJP national spokesperson Shehzad Poonwalla called it “the bridge of corruption” and criticized the chief minister.

He tweeted: “Aguwani-Sultanganj bridge in Bihar’s Bhagalpur – dream project of CM Nitish Kumar collapses. This is the second time the bridge has collapsed. Imagine the level of corruption ! ₹1750 crores of tax payer money takes Jal Samadhi with the bridge. THE BRIDGE OF CORRUPTION COLLAPSES EVEN AS NITISH BABU IS BUSY ATTEMPTING TO BE A BRIDGE OF OPPOSITION UNITY. Wait & see how Pappu Media ignores this story or somehow blames PM Modi for it”.

Bridge Collapse Last Year

To Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s disadvantage in December of last year, a bridge snapped into two and fell into the Burhi Gandak River of the Begusarai district. Since there was no access road, the bridge had not yet been formally opened to the public when the tragedy occurred.

No casualties were recorded in the event, according to Tejashwi Yadav and Pratyay Amrit, the assistant chief secretary of the road construction department. However, the NDRF and SDRF are still looking for a guard who was reported missing after the bridge fall.

They said the choice to demolish the bridge was made in the past when a portion of it collapsed during a thunderstorm the previous year. Yadav spoke about how he strongly raised the bridge in his capacity, as the Leader of the Opposition at the time.

In conclusion, there is serious concern over the Bihar Bhagalpur Bridge’s recurrent collapse in Bhagalpur. It highlights alleged incompetence, corruption, and a lack of monitoring as well as systemic problems in the state’s infrastructure project management and construction. The occurrences serve as a reminder for the government to give quality control a top priority, make investments in qualified labour, and enhance disaster management procedures. The government must move quickly to correct the situation and stop other occurrences of this kind since the people of Bihar deserve secure and dependable infrastructure.

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