Bridge Fiasco in Bihar, opposition targets Nitish Kumar

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar opened a link road to a new bridge in Bihar a month ago; on Wednesday it was washed away due to heavy rain. After this incident, Opposition up the ante against Nitish Kumar saying the bridge had collapsed, the government is in strong denial.

The leader of opposition parties including Tejashwi Yadav and Modan Jha of the Congress tweeted pictures alleging the “brand new Sattarghat Bridge has collapsed just a month after its inauguration by the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

According to the clarification of the Bihar government put out on social media. , a road around two kilometres from the main bridge was damaged. The link road runs along the embankment and has no direct connection to the Sattarghat Bridge, which is safe, the government note said.

The road construction minister Nand Kishore Yadav said “An inquiry has been ordered to find out why the link road collapsed” reported NDTV

Reports had claimed, quoting official, that the culverts connecting the road to the bridge could not withstand the water pressure. Large tracts around the area are under floodwaters. Government officials and a team of engineers reached the spot last evening to assess the damage.

Opposition leaders were quick to target Nitish Kumar on Twitter, alleging corruption. “Washing away of bridges has become a common thing under Nitish Kumar’s rule. Did he inaugurate the bridge before time just to gain some appreciation? We demand that the Bihar government should immediately blacklist the company that has constructed the bridge,” Tejaswi Yadav said. Bihar Congress chief, Madan Mohan Jha also took potshots at the Chief Minister on Twitter. “The bridge was constructed at a cost of Rs 263.47 crore and inaugurated on June 16. It was washed away on July 15. Now, don’t accuse rats for this,” Mr Jha wrote on Twitter.