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Bihar bridge collapse: Will rebuild and foot the invoice, agency in dock tells HC

The development agency within the dock over the June 4 collapse of the bridge it’s constructing over river Ganga in Bihar has now advised the Patna Excessive Court docket that it’s able to rebuild all the 3.16-kilometre-long bridge and bear its estimated price of about 1,710 crore.

The bridge, a day after its collapse. (PTI)

The peace of mind was given on Friday by managing director of SP Singla Development Pvt Ltd, Sat Paul Singla, earlier than a division bench led by chief justice Ok Vinod Chandran, which is listening to a public curiosity litigation (PIL) filed by former Youth Congress chief Lalan Kumar and two different individuals days after a sizeable portion of the four-lane bridge being constructed between Aguanighat in Khagaria district and Sultanganj in Bhagalpur district collapsed like a pack of playing cards on June 4 this 12 months.

The PIL has sought blacklisting of the development firm and judicial/CBI inquiry in to “large-scale” corruption within the development of the bridge, part of which had caved in final 12 months too.

Showing for the state authorities, advocate normal PK Shahi had earlier knowledgeable the bench, additionally comprising justice Partha Sarthy, that the development agency had expressed its willingness to rebuild the bridge at its personal price throughout a gathering with street development division (RCD) extra chief secretary Pratyay Amrit.

The bench, nonetheless, requested Singla to submit an endeavor for his assurance as an affidavit through the subsequent listening to of the case on August 25.

The development firm, which was directed on June 22 to file an affidavit inside two weeks as regards to path of the primary listening to, has not but submitted the reply.

Crying foul, petitioner Lalan Kumar alleged that the development firm and the state authorities officers had been twisting the case to deflect the courtroom’s consideration from the large-scale corruption within the undertaking. “One can think about the quantity of corruption within the undertaking as the development agency is willingly to rebuild the bridge with out taking any cash from the federal government,” Kumar mentioned, including that he could be compelled to maneuver to the Supreme Court docket for justice.

A couple of engineers within the state’s street development division additionally expressed shock over the federal government willingness to permit an incompetent firm to work on the identical undertaking. “As per the usual follow, the federal government ought to get better all the undertaking price from the agency and blacklist it. The undertaking has already been delayed for fairly lengthy,” mentioned a senior engineer, who was not keen to be named.

On June 4, the spans on pier 10-12 of the extra-dosed cable-stayed bridge had collapsed. A purported video clip of the incident, made by locals, was extensively circulated on the social media.

IIT-Roorkee specialists identified that nature of the primary partial collapse on pier quantity 5 (on April 30, 2022) and people on different three piers was comparable, for which the undertaking designer, McElhanney Consultancy, Canada, was apprised about.

Development of the bridge started in 2015 and it was on account of full in 2019. The undertaking acquired delayed because the bridge suffered a significant catastrophe final 12 months. The corporate was requested to complete the undertaking by the center of this 12 months.


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