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Bridge Collapse in Bihar’s Araria: No Casualties Reported

In an unfortunate incident, a section of a newly constructed bridge over the Bakra River in Pararia village, Araria district, Bihar, collapsed on Tuesday. Fortunately, no casualties have been reported. The collapse of the bridge, which had been built by the state government, highlights ongoing issues with infrastructure projects in the region.

The bridge, intended to connect the Kursa Kanta and Sikty areas within Araria district, was still under construction and not yet open to the public. The approach roads leading to the bridge had not been completed, preventing its use by local residents.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Amit Ranjan provided insights into the incident, confirming that a section of the bridge had given way. “A portion of the newly constructed bridge over the Bakra River has collapsed. Officials have reached the site to examine the matter,” he stated. The exact cause of the collapse remains undetermined at this time.

This incident is the latest in a series of similar infrastructure failures in Bihar. Earlier this year, in March, an under-construction bridge over the Kosi River in Supaul district also collapsed. That incident was more tragic, resulting in the death of one individual and injuries to ten others.

The recurrent failures of newly constructed bridges raise serious concerns about the quality of construction and oversight in Bihar’s infrastructure projects. It underscores the urgent need for stringent quality control measures and regular inspections to ensure the safety and durability of such critical structures.

Local authorities are now under pressure to investigate the cause of the recent collapse and to implement necessary measures to prevent such incidents in the future. Ensuring the safety and reliability of infrastructure is paramount, as these structures are vital for the connectivity and development of the region.

As investigations continue, the government is expected to release a detailed report on the incident. The findings will be crucial in identifying any lapses in construction practices or materials used. Furthermore, it will provide an opportunity to rectify any systemic issues in the planning and execution of infrastructure projects.

The collapse of the Bakra River bridge serves as a stark reminder of the potential risks associated with construction projects, especially those that are not subject to rigorous quality checks. It is imperative that all stakeholders involved in infrastructure development prioritize safety and adhere to the highest standards of construction practices.

Residents of Araria and surrounding areas are understandably concerned about the implications of this collapse. While the immediate priority is to ascertain the cause and prevent further incidents, there is also a need to restore public confidence in the state’s infrastructure projects. This incident should serve as a wake-up call for both the government and construction companies to reassess and reinforce their commitment to building safe and reliable infrastructure.

In conclusion, while no lives were lost in the Bakra River bridge collapse, the incident is a serious reminder of the need for improved oversight and quality control in construction projects. Ensuring the safety and reliability of such projects is not just a matter of public safety, but also one of public trust and confidence in the state’s ability to provide essential infrastructure.

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Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri

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