Bihar Bridge Collapse starts blame game between JDS and BJP as the opposition demands high-level investigation. An under-construction bridge over the river Ganges, costing Rs.1700 crore collapsed in Bhagalpur like a house of cards. Almost immediately, a war of words between the ruling party and the opposition ensued, with demands of a high-level investigation into the incident. Part of the same bridge had also broken down last year, with the officials roping in experts from IIT Roorkee to investigate the cause and suggest corrective measures.
Bihar Bridge Collapse – Probable causes
The Bihar Government has issued a statement regarding the Bihar Bridge Collapse saying that there were “serious defects” in the structure and portions of the bridge have been deliberately destroyed for political gains. “It may be recalled that a portion of this bridge had collapsed on April 30 last year. We had, thereafter, approached IIT-Roorkee, which is esteemed for its expertise in construction matters, to conduct a study. It is yet to come up with a final report but experts who had studied the structure had informed us that there were serious defects,” Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav said at the press conference.
Bihar Bridge Collapse – Damage Control
The State government has already confirmed that an inquiry has already been initiated by the concerned authorities and that strict action will be initiated against those responsible for the incident. As per the latest news, a guard who was supposedly posted near the bridge has gone missing and rescue officials are doing their best to trace him. Deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav said that “many structural defects have been pointed out by experts and we have already pulled down many portions which have been flagged as particularly vulnerable. Today’s incident confirms our worst apprehensions”.
The State BJP President, Samrat Choudhary has demanded the resignation of the current Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar on moral grounds, who had cut ties with the BJP last year. Bhagalpur MP, Syed Shahnawaz Hussain has blamed widespread corruption to be the reason for the incident and has demanded a high-level inquiry to identify those at fault.
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