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PATNA: A portion of the under-construction bridge over the Ganga River collapsed today. Under construction Aguwani-Sultanganj bridge in Bhagalpur collapses. The moment when the bridge collapsed was caught on video by locals. This is the second time the bridge has collapsed. An under-construction bridge over the Ganga river collapsed in Bihar on Sunday, portions of which were deliberately destroyed in a planned fashion under expert advice as it had design flaws, claimed state government officials.
The bridge was supposed to connect Khagaria district with Bhagalpur. Here’s the latest visuals from the spot in Bhagalpur where under construction Aguwani-Sultanganj bridge collapsed for the
The collapse of an under-construction bridge in Bihar’s Bhagalpur has sparked a war of words between the state government and the opposition BJP. Soon after the four-lane bridge came crashing down like a house of cards yesterday evening, Bihar government told media that the structure had “serious defects” and portions were being deliberately destroyed in a planned fashion.
Additional chief secretary of road construction department, Pratyay Amrit, said that the decision was taken after a portion of the same bridge collapsed during a thunderstorm in 2022. The government had then assigned researchers at IIT-Roorkee to analyse the structure, he added”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.
Deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav said that it was a planned demolition as experts had found ‘serious defects’ in its design, news agency PTI reported. Videos of the Aguwani-Sultanganj bridge, which was supposed to connect Khagaria district with Bhagalpur, collapsing had gone viral on social media prompting sharp criticisms from the opposition BJP. No casualties were reported in the incident.
Additional chief secretary of road construction department, Pratyay Amrit, said that the decision was taken after a portion of the same bridge collapsed during a thunderstorm in 2022. The government had then assigned researchers at IIT-Roorkee to analyse the structure, he added”It may be recalled that a portion of this bridge had collapsed on April 30 last year.
The bridge was said to have involved an estimated cost of ₹ 1,700 crore.The government has ordered an inquiry into Sunday’s incident and said strict action should be taken against the erring officials. A guard working near the bridge has gone missing, and rescue officials are trying to trace him. “After the bridge collapse, a person working as a guard with SP Singla Company is said to be missing.
Meanwhile, state BJP president Samrat Choudhary has demanded the resignation of Nitish Kumar, who had snapped ties with the saffron party in August last year. Fellow BJP leader Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, a former Bhagalpur MP, also came out with a statement blaming the mishap on “corruption” and demanding a “high-level inquiry” into the incident.
(Bureau Report with Media Inputs).