Konar river irrigation project collapses in less than 14 hours of inauguration

Canal collapses in Hazaribagh

The BJP-led NDA government has drawn flak after the Konar river irrigation project collapsed near Jharkhand’s Bagodar in less than 14 hours of inauguration, resulting in inundation of crops across 35 villages.

The ambitious project was inaugurated by Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghuwar Das on Wednesday.

The CM had praised the officials for making a dream come true for the farmers of Giridih, Bokaro and part of Hazaribag district.

The canal collapsed near Bagodar leaving Khatia, Kusum Raja, Ghosko, Tirla and Chiaki village flooded. Panic prevailed in 35 villages in Bagodar block and there was an absolute uproar as water inundated crops and entered houses in villages.

The villagers could not contact the same officials who were present at the inauguration ceremony.

JMM leader Supriya Prasad and working president of state Congress, Manash Sinha slammed the government for being in a haste to inaugurate half-complete projects ahead of the Assembly polls, which are scheduled towards the end of the year.

Meanwhile, the additional chief secretary of water resource department Arun Singh has ordered a high-level probe by a three-member committee under the water resource advance planning chief engineer.

When the project was proposed, its estimate was Rs 6 crore. In 42 years, it stands at Rs 2,500 crore after revisions.

The project was expected to supply water for irrigation to 63 thousand hectare plots across villages of three districts in Bokaro, Giridih and Hazaribag.