Bridge inaugurated by Nitish Kumar in June collapses into river in Bihar

A bridge on the Gandak River that was inuagurated by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, collapsed apparently after 29 days. The 1.4 km long Sattarghat Bridge connects Gopalgunj and East Champaran districts.

A portion of the Sattarghat Bridge in Gopalganj fell in to the river on Wednesday, due to the increased water-level of the river. Bihar is witnessing heavy monsoon rain for the last four days.

The foundation of the bridge was laid 8 years ago. According to reports, the culverts connecting the road to the bridge could not stand the pressure of the increasing water levels.

Soon, Opposition leaders targeted Nitish Kumar on Twitter. Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) leader and former Chief Minister Lalu Yadav’s son, Tejashwi Yadav wrote on the microblogging site: “Bridge was built in eight years and at a cost of Rs 263 crore but in just 29 days it gave away. The Bhishma Pitamah of corruption Nitisj Ji will not speak a word about it…there is looting in Bihar everywhere…”

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