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‘Now don’t blame rats’ Bihar opposition’s taunt at CM over the collapse of a newly inaugurated bridge

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A portion of the Sattarghat bridge of Gopalganj on Gandak River built at a cost of Rs 263.47 crore in 8 years, was inaugurated by Nitish Kumar on June 16. Yesterday, 29 days later the bridge collapsed.

The report says that the bridge collapsed after the water flow increased in the river due to constant rainfall over the last few days.  However, the questions have been raised on the quality of the newly-built bridge which was made-up to be strong enough to survive many such spells of rainfall or monsoon.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav and Bihar Congress chief Madan Mohan Jha attacked the Chief Minister on this issue. Tejashwi 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.

“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.

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Bihar Congress chief Dr Madan Mohan Jha also tweeted 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 of this.”

 

In 2017, a minister in Nitish Kumar’s cabinet had blamed rats for making holes in the embankments weakening the structures and allowing river water breach through them, thus resulting in floods in Bihar. Yet another time police in the state had blamed rats for the seized bottles of liquor missing from police station stores in the state.

Meanwhile, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and strong winds are very likely over Bihar till July 19. Heavy rainfall and floods are not a new thing for Bihar but it being the reason behind the collapse of the bridge is really questionable.

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