Due to whose mistake are the bridges getting destroyed in Bihar? These people were held responsible by the government

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Prasad’s remarks came hours after another bridge collapsed in Bihar’s Saran district on Thursday, the twelfth such incident in the state within 17 days. The bridges that collapsed in the past fortnight were in Siwan, Saran, Madhubani, Araria, East Champaran and Kishanganj districts.

Amid growing concerns over a string of bridge collapses in Bihar, with 12 such cases reported in just a fortnight, Chaitanya Prasad, additional chief secretary of the state water resources department, on Thursday pointed to possible lapses by engineers. Addressing reporters at an event in Patna, Prasad accused the engineers of not taking proper care and said the contractors were also not diligent.

Prasad’s remarks came hours after another bridge collapsed in Bihar’s Saran district on Thursday, the twelfth such incident in the state within 17 days. The bridges that collapsed in the past fortnight were in Siwan, Saran, Madhubani, Araria, East Champaran and Kishanganj districts. He said six bridges over the Gandak river collapsed in Siwan and Saran on July 3 and July 4. It appears that the engineers did not take proper care, and the contractors were also not diligent.

Prasad said prima facie the fault appeared to be that of the engineers concerned. Special flying squads have been sent to the sites with a deadline of Friday to submit their reports. Asked about the corrective measures taken by the Bihar government, Prasad said, “New bridges will be constructed and the cost will be imposed on the contractors found guilty.” He said most of these bridges were 30 years old with shallow foundations. These foundations were destroyed during the removal of silt.

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