23 Jun 2024

Bihar: Under-construction bridge collapses in Motihari, third such incident in a week

A small under-construction bridge collapsed in Motihari (East Champaran), Bihar on Sunday.

Officials said that this is the third case of bridge collapse in Bihar in the last one week.

According to officials, there is no report of any casualty in this incident that took place in Ghodasahan block of Motihari.

Officials said that the Rural Works Department (RWD) was building a 16-meter long bridge over a canal in Ghodasahan block.

This bridge was being built to connect Aamwa village to another area of ​​the block. It was being built at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore.

Departmental inquiry ordered

"The exact cause of the incident is not yet known. It is a serious matter, and a departmental inquiry has been ordered. Strict action will be taken against those found guilty," Additional Chief Secretary of RWD Dipak Kumar Singh told media.

"Senior officers of the district administration have reached the spot. A detailed report is awaited," he said.

District Magistrate Saurabh Jorwal said the exact cause of the incident was being ascertained.

"There are reports that a section of locals initially objected to the construction of certain pillars of the bridge. Police are also looking into this matter," he said.

Only a day earlier, on Saturday, a small bridge collapsed in Siwan district. It was built over a canal, connecting the villages of Daraunda and Maharajganj blocks.

Prior to that, on Tuesday, a newly constructed bridge, about 180 metres long, had collapsed in the Araria district.

Several incidents involving the collapse of bridges, both small and large, constructed over rivers and other water bodies have occurred in the state. While fortunately, there have been no casualties in these incidents, they have prompted inquiries into the quality of public infrastructure projects.

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