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Nitin Gadkari amazed at IAS officer’s response to cause for bridge collapse


Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday mentioned he was amazed on the response of an IAS officer who attributed the collapse of a portion of an under-construction highway bridge in Sultanganj to ‘sturdy winds’.

A bit of an under-construction highway bridge over the Ganga at Sultanganj in Bihar collapsed throughout a thunderstorm on April 29. There had been no studies of any casualty within the incident.

“A bridge fell in Bihar on April 29. I asked my secretary about the reasons. He (secretary) said it was on account of strong winds (hawa aur dhundh),” Gadkari mentioned at an occasion right here.

The highway transport and highways minister mentioned he questioned how can an IAS officer consider such a proof.

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“Mere to baat samajh me nahi aa rahi hai ki hawa dhundh se kaise bridge girega? Kuch naa kuch galati hogi (I cannot understand how can a bridge collapse due to strong winds. There must be some error (which led to collapse of the bridge),” Gadkari, who is understood for his frank views, added.

The minister additionally emphasised on the necessity to cut back the price of development of bridges, with out compromising on high quality.

Sultanganj MLA Lalit Narayan Mandal had earlier mentioned Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ordered an investigation into the bridge collapse.

“The possibility of using sub-standard materials in the construction of the bridge cannot be ruled out … It is a matter of investigation that the under construction bridge being built at a cost of 1,710 crore could not withstand strong gusty winds,” he had mentioned.

The development of the bridge between Sultanganj and Aguani Ghat in Bihar had began in 2014. It was because of be accomplished in 2019 however work on it’s nonetheless on.

The 3,116-metre-long bridge on completion was slated to have the nation’s longest extradosed spans and a high-level observatory which might supply the customers a novel view of the river.

An extradosed bridge is a hybrid construction between the basic cable-stayed and cantilever-girder varieties. 

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