Tejashwi claims collapse of another bridge in Bihar, official gives different statement

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Motihari. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday claimed that another “bridge” has collapsed in Bihar, though the concerned official said it was a temporary structure that was washed away in heavy rains. Yadav, the leader of opposition in the Bihar assembly, shared a video on the social media platform ‘X’ and wrote, “Another bridge collapsed in East Champaran, Bihar today. Has the government fallen that it will make news? This is the 13th corrupt bridge to collapse in the last 19 days. There are countless cases of culverts, roads and dams breaking and sinking.” In the video clip, locals can be heard blaming the use of “two number ka maal” (fake material) for the incident that took place in a village under Madhuban block.

East Champaran District Magistrate Saurabh Jorwal said he was aware of the incident and stressed that “it was not a bridge, nor was there a culvert”. “A sewage line passes through Lohargawan village. A portion of it was open. According to the information we have, a few years ago it was decided at the panchayat level to build a structure over the drain so that people could cross it without any trouble. The drain was covered with a temporary structure, which was not more than a few feet long. In case of such irregular works, too much soil was used and hence it was washed away due to heavy rains. Nevertheless, we are investigating the matter and will do whatever is required at our level,” the district magistrate told PTI over the phone.

It is noteworthy that in the last few weeks, the authorities have suspended at least 15 engineers due to the collapse of more than a dozen bridges in several districts of Bihar. The bridges that collapsed in Bihar include one under-construction bridge in Ghodasahan block area of ​​East Champaran district on June 23 and one under-construction bridge in Madhubani district on June 26 and a newly constructed bridge on Bakra river in Pararia village of Araria district on June 18.

Though there have been no casualties in such accidents, these incidents have also given rise to political debates in which Yadav has targeted the Nitish Kumar government, but the ruling NDA has blamed the RJD for this, saying that before the NDA government was formed in Bihar, the rural works department was with the said party.

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