1. Pathetic! 40 years, Rs 389-crore later, dam wall collapses in Bihar before inauguration by Nitish Kumar

Pathetic! 40 years, Rs 389-crore later, dam wall collapses in Bihar before inauguration by Nitish Kumar

Ahead of its scheduled inauguration by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the wall of a Rs 389-crore dam collapsed during the trial run and inundated nearby areas of a township in Bhagalpur

By: | Published: September 20, 2017 11:46 AM
bihar dam collapse, bhagalpur dam collapse, nitish kumar, rs 389 crore dam, bihar news, india news, dam news, bihar dam Ahead of inauguration today, portion of dam in Bhagalpur’s Kahalgaon broke down. (ANI)

Ahead of its scheduled inauguration by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the wall of a Rs 389-crore dam collapsed during the trial run and inundated nearby areas of a township in Bhagalpur on Tuesday. Newspapers in the state had today published advertisements announcing the inauguration of the dam by the CM. However, Bihar government cancelled the programme for “technical reasons”.

The dam is a part of ambitious Gateshwar Panth Canal Project, aimed at providing irrigation facilities in the state and neighbouring Jharkhand. “The proposed programme of the Chief Minister at Bhagalpur tomorrow has been cancelled due to technical reasons,” an official statement of Bihar government said.

According to PTI, the wall of the canal collapsed when water from the Ganga hit it after the pump was switched on for the trial run at Bateshwarsthan in Bhagalpur district. Overflowing water gushed into Kahalgaon and inundated areas in NTPC township as well as civil areas including the residence of Kahalgaon civil judge and sub-judge.

Watch | Bihar Dam collapses ahead of inauguration by Nitish Kumar

Along with Kumar, Bihar water resources and irrigation minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan and local Congress MLA Sadanand Singh were also to be present during the inauguration.

What is Gateshwar Panth Canal Project

The Gateshwar Panth Canal Project is a joint scheme of Bihar and Jharkhand. According to PTI, under the project 18,620 hectares of land in Bhagalpur would get irrigation facility while 4038 hectares of areas in Godda district of Jharkhand would be irrigated, a government brochure on the project said.

The Rs 389.31 crore project has a total irrigation capacity of 27603 hectares out of which 22816 is in Bihar and 4887 hectares in Jharkhand.

The project was first approved by Planning Commission in 1977 at an estimated cost of Rs 13.88 crore. However, the first administrative approval to the project was provided in 2008 involving a cost of Rs 389.31 crore, PTI reports.

RJD claims corruption

Alleging corruption, RJD workers burnt an effigy of Kumar and Lallan in Bhagalpur. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav attacked Kumar on Twitter, saying, “Rs 389.31 crore dam collapses 24 hours before the inauguration. CM was to inaugurate it with much fanfare. One more dam collapses due of corruption.”

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    Hari
    Sep 20, 2017 at 3:02 pm
    This is a glaring example of rampant corruption prevailing in Bihar. Nitish Kumar is most useless CM who miserably failed to curb CORRUPTION in Bihar. BJP has done b er by aligning with shameless and corrupt Nitish in joining govt which will tarnish the image of BJP in public domain completely. Nitish and Laloo have sealed fate of 11 crore people of the state by corrupt and worst governance in last 25 years. In first 15 years, Laloo virtually destroyed Bihar and imposed JUNGLE RAJ by spreading anarchy, goondaism, Naxalism, Bank robbery, massive Corruption etc. Subsequently, Nitish Kumar ruled the state by experimenting by installing corrupt and incompetent Jeetanram Manjhi as CM and thereafter aligning with RJD resulted in complete Jungle raj and massive unchecked rampant CORRUPTION accelerated by Laloo's son and JD(U) leaders. There is no significant progress anywhere in the state. Now BJP has aligned with Corrupt Nitish tarnishing its image which is condemned in public domain.
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