The unfortunate collapse of Rs. 389-crore Bihar Dam in Kahalgaon in the Bhagalpur district on Wednesday has left the Bihar government embarrassed.
In a country like India, it is quite usual to see the dams and buildings collapsing every other day. People’s lives are at stake and the whopping amounts invested in such projects goes completely waste. Recently, the Rs. 389-crore Bihar Dam collapsed around 24 hours before its inauguration by state CM, Nitish Kumar. This horrible incident now leaves us thinking if we are really expecting too much from our government.
The CM called off the project when the powerful tides of Ganga river crushed the canal walls during a trial run session on Wednesday. The project already faced a delay of long 40 years in its implementation. And when it was just a day closer to its launch, this shit happened. The aim of the project was to offer better irrigation facilities in Bihar and Jharkhand.
With this major collapse, the waters entered in Kahalgaon and NTPC township, not sparing the homes of the Kahalgaon’s civil judge and sub-judge.
As per an official statement released in Patna, “The proposed programme of the chief minister at Bhagalpur today has been cancelled due to technical reasons.”
The disappointed RJD workers set the statue of Nitish Kumar and water resources and irrigation minister, Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan on fire. They claimed that the project failed due to corrupt officials involved.
Arun Kumar Singh, the Principal Secretary of the water resources department, Bhagalpur SP and DM administered the actions taken to evacuate water from Kahalgaon and NTPC township.
According to a government brochure, the Bihar dam project, having an overall irrigation capacity of 27603 hectares, got approval back in 1977 by the Planning Commission. The proposed cost of the project was Rs. 13.88 crore. And the administrative approval of the project in 2008 was done at the cost of Rs. 389.31 crore.
After the failure of Bihar Dam project, it is evident that having the premium infrastructure in India is still a dream. The government will keep burdening the common man with such tax systems, in lieu of country’s development and fulfilling their own greedy motives from the same. Certainly, a wake-up call for the authorities to take proactive actions against such hazards!