In what could be seen as another embarrassment for the Nitish Kumar government, a part of Rs 389.31 crore Dam which was to be inaugurated by the Bihar chief minister came down hours before its inauguration.
However, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar called off his visit to the inauguration site after a part of dam came down.
The dam was constructed with an aim to boost the irrigation system for the farmers. Water flowing from dam in Bhagalpur’s Kahalgaon flooded several low-lying areas. The dam is a part of state government’s Gateshwar Panth Canal Project.
Speaking on the incident, Minister of Water Resources, Lallan Singh said, “The dam broke due to release of water in full capacity. The incident has not caused any damage to the newly constructed part of the project.”
Cashing political points on this situation, former deputy chief ministe of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav hit out at Nitish Kumar saying a dam that burdened the ex-chequer Rs 381.31 crore broke 24 hours before its inauguration, corruptions causes fall down of another dam.
389.31 करोड़ का बांध उद्घाटन के 24 घंटे पहले टूटा। CM ताम-झाम के साथ कल काटने वाले थे फीता। भ्रष्टाचार की भेंट चढ़ा एक और बाँध..
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) September 19, 2017
Meanwhile, in order to prevent further flooding, sandbags were put to check out the flow of water.
Bihar: Ahead of inauguration tmrw portion of dam in Bhagalpur's Kahalgaon broke down;dam made at cost of Rs.389 crores. Nearby areas flooded pic.twitter.com/EIdBfonnd7
— ANI (@ANI) September 19, 2017