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Embarrassment for Nitish as Bihar canal collapses

Embarrassment for Nitish as Bihar canal collapses

A portion of the Rs 389.31-crore Bateshwarsthan Ganga Pump Canal Project collapsed on Tuesday evening in Bhagalpur district of Bihar, leading to inundation of residential areas and the National Thermal Power Corp (NTPC) plant in Kahalgaon.

On his part, Principal Secretary Arun Kumar Singh admitted of "departments fault" in not checking the canal before its inauguration.

The trials were carried out with low discharge of water in the canal, but it was turned to full capacity on Tuesday, he said. "The incident has not caused any damage to the newly constructed part of the project", Lallan Singh had said. "But one side of embankment towards NTPC colony could not take pressure of sudden water flow into the canal and breached causing water logging in adjoining areas".

The wall of the Ganga pump canal project collapsed after it could not withstand the pressure of water released into it by five water pumps.

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The floodwater receded from most areas on Wednesday morning, but the inauguration of the Bateswar Ganga Pump Nahar Yojana (BGPNY) project had to be cancelled.

Now, department officials said, the inauguration ceremony will be held after a week.

The project began in 1996-97, though the planning commission had approved of the project back in 1977 and was finally completed to be inaugurated by the Bihar CM today, the change in the events was forced.

"It is a glaring example of corruption under the Nitish Kumar government", RJD President Lalu Prasad alleged in Patna.

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Prasad said the Water Resources minister should quit.

The 60-km Bateshwar Sthan pump canal project, originating from Ganga at Kahalgaon, is meant to irrigate 21,700 hectare in Bihar and 4,000 hectare in Jharkhand.

Rebel JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav also attacked the government over the incident.

The 389.31 crore worth project is part of the government's attempts to improve the poor land irrigation system in the region.

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The quake was felt as far away as Palmdale, Riverside and Laguna Beach, according to the USGS citizen-response system. The 1985 Mexico City natural disaster killed 5,000 people and caused serious damage to the Greater Mexico City area.

The dam was made at cost of Rs. 389 crores.


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