Reports say that the bridge collapsed after the water flow increased in the river due to incessant rainfall over the last few days. However, questions have been raised on the quality of the newly-built bridge which was supposed to be strong enough to survive many such spells of rainfall or monsoon.
Bihar bridge collapse: A part of the road connecting the Rs 264-crore Sattarghat bridge, inaugurated by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar less than a month ago, collapsed on Wednesday. Earlier, it was reported that a portion of the Sattarghat bridge on Gandak river had collapsed. Bihar Water Resources Minister Sanjay Kumar Jha clarified that the newly-built bridge was fine and it was part of a connecting minor bridge that had collapsed. And this minor bridge is two kms away from the Sattarghat bridge.
मीडिया में सत्तर घाट पुल के क्षतिग्रस्त होने की खबर चल रही है, जो सही नहीं है।
तथ्य यह है कि सत्तर घाट मुख्य पुल से करीब दो किमी दूर गोपालगंज की ओर एक 18 मीटर लंबे छोटे पुल का पहुंच पथ (सड़क), जो गंडक नदी के तटबंध के अंदर है, पानी के दबाव से कट गया है।@NitishKumar @IPRD_Bihar pic.twitter.com/bMfJWGLqYC
— Sanjay Kumar Jha (@SanjayJhaBihar) July 16, 2020
The clarification comes after opposition attacked Nitish Kumar and alleged corruption in the construction of the bridge. Former Deputy CM and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav alleged that the bridge had collapsed within a month after it was inaugurated. Tejashwi Yadav asked Nitish to clarify whether he inaugurated the bridge ahead of time for his speech. He also demanded that the builder and the company that built the bridge be blacklisted immediately.
In a series of tweets, the principal opposition party leader had alleged massive corruption in the construction of the bridge and said: “The Sattarghat bridge of Gopalganj, built at cost of Rs 263.47 crore in 8 years, was inaugurated by Nitish ji on June 16. Today (Wednesday), the bridge collapsed – 29 days later. Beware! If someone calls it corruption of Nitish ji.”
263 करोड़ से 8 साल में बना लेकिन मात्र 29 दिन में ढ़ह गया पुल। संगठित भ्रष्टाचार के भीष्म पितामह नीतीश जी इस पर एक शब्द भी नहीं बोलेंगे और ना ही साइकिल से रेंज रोवर की सवारी कराने वाले भ्रष्टाचारी सहपाठी पथ निर्माण मंत्री को बर्खास्त करेंगे। बिहार में चारों तरफ लूट ही लूट मची है। pic.twitter.com/EIcQYPEHn8
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) July 16, 2020
“Bhishma Pitamah of organised corruption, Nitish ji, will neither say a word on this nor will he sack the corrupt Minister of Construction. Loot has been going on all around Bihar,” Tejashwi Yadav said.
Bihar Road Construction Minister Nand Kishore Yadav had, however, said that the approach slab that has collapsed is two km away from main Sattarghat Bridge. “No damages have been caused to any bridge. Just the approach slab of a minor bridge has collapsed,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.