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Plea in Supreme Court seeks structural audit of all bridges in Bihar

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been lodged in the Supreme Court seeking directions to the Bihar government for a thorough structural audit and setting up of a high level expert committee to identify any weak bridges that might need to be demolished or strengthened.

The plea comes after 9 bridges, including under-construction bridges collapsed in the state in the last 15 days. The plea stated that the collapse raises significant concerns about the safety and reliability of bridge infrastructures in the region, considering that Bihar is the most flood-prone state in the country.

Furthermore, the plea not only seeks an audit but also the formation of a high-level expert committee, which would be responsible for a detailed examination and continuous monitoring of all bridges to ascertain they are safe for public use. It further asked for real time monitoring of the bridges based on the same methodology formed by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways through its policy dated March 4, 2024, for preservation of National Highways and Centrally Sponsored Scheme. 

In addition, the plea also mentioned that multiple bridge collapses around the river area including the Araria, Siwan, Madhubani and Kishanganj districts. The plea noted that it is a matter of grave concern for a state like Bihar, which is the most flood prone state of India. It added that the total flood affected area in the state is 68,800 sq km which is 73.06 per cent of the total geographical area. 

Considering the aforesaid facts, the plea underlined that such routine accrual of the incident of falling bridges in Bihar is more disastrous as the lives of people at large are at stake. Therefore, the plea sought urgent intervention of the Supreme Court to save the lives of people, as the under-construction bridges before its accomplishment collapsed routinely.