Heavy rainfalls in the last few months have once again washed away quite a good number of poor-quality Bridges across Jharkhand.
The numbers of washed away bridges in the monsoon season deluge just keep on growing with each rainy day.
- 4 of the 10 pillars in the 100 meter long bridge on the Tahley River in Garhwa District simply fell apart, thereby cutting off-road link of Jharkhand from neighbouring Uttar Pradesh and Chattishgarh states. The State Road Construction department was responsible for its upkeep of the bridge that was built at a cost of Rs.6 crore.
- Bridge between Chainpur and Barwadih Blocks in Palamau District could not withstand the heavy downpour. This bridge was the only connecting link for many villages of these two blocks; it was built only couple of years ago in 2007-08 on Koel River. The local M.L.A. claimed that 3 villagers drowned when the bridge collapsed. He said, “In Palamau alone more than Rs 20 crores worth of damages has been estimated.”
- Another bridge built on Koel River that connected Ketchki village in Latehar District with Afsani village in Chainpur block of Palamau caved in. It was reportedly built at the cost of Rs. 7 crore and inaugurated by Arjun Munda, only a year ago in October 2010.
- Bridge on the Danro in Chatarpur Village, only 5 km away from the district headquarter Garhwa, too was washed away. Consequently many villages were cut-off from the Garwa town and it caused major traffic chaos in the busy highway.
- Rural bridge in Dumania village of Chatarpur block of Garhwa District was washed away. The rural Bridges in Anjan and in Raidih Blocks in Gumla were damaged.
- Bridge on the road linking Bhandaria and Daltonganj has collapsed.
- Bridge near Nagpheni on a national highway in Gumla District was severally damaged in the rain, leading to heavy-traffic congestion.
- Osane Bridge on Oranga River in Palamau District too collapsed, it cut-off the crucial road link between the Palamau and Garhwa district. Now the commuters have to take a detour, which incidentally means travelling extra 50 to 60 km.
- The structure of a check-dam on the Banki in Jangipur village of Nagar Untari subdivision was also reported to be washed away.
It seems in Jharkhand, all of these washed away structures are never built to last, even after spending Crores of tax-payer’s precious money. May be the people behind the construction of these concrete structures did not really take into consideration the rainfalls, which can wreck-havoc on poor quality stuffs and simply wash them away.
Whose fault is it to keep one construction such poor quality structures is anybody’s guess?
But, as usual in Jharkhand the enquiry committee would be formed to look into the matter and then after the hullabaloo is over, they sweep the issue under the carpet much to the delight of the corrupt and negligent government officials while the commoners continue to suffer.
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