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42 years in making, Jharkhand canal collapses 24 hours after opening

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    42 years in making, Jharkhand canal collapses 24 hours after opening
    Abhijit Sen & ASRP Mukesh | TNN | Updated: Aug 30, 2019, 22:29 IST

    HAZARIBAG/RANCHI: A canal that was first conceptualised 42 years ago and whose cost escalated from a mere Rs 12 crore to Rs 2,176 crore in the decades that went by collapsed just 24 hours after it was inaugurated with great fanfare in Hazaribag by Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das on Wednesday.
    The breach in the canal, part of the Konar River Irrigation Project in Hazaribag’s Bishnugarh, flooded agricultural fields across 35 villages in Bagodar block of neighbouring Giridih district.
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    Authorities in the state irrigation department put the blame for the mishap on several rat holes that were yet to be cemented. The government has set up a three-member panel to probe the incident and submit a report within 24 hours. Bagodar’s BJP MLA Nagendra Mahto has demanded compensation for the affected farmers and an inquiry into the matter. Sources told TOI that the first breach had occurred at 8.30 pm on Wednesday, barely 10 hours after the canal was green-flagged.
    Opposition parties were quick to criticise the administration. Congress’s Alok Dubey said, “The BJP government takes credit for other’s work or inaugurates half-baked projects like Konar.”
    ‘Rat holes caused seepage in canal, led to its collapse’
    JMM central general secretary Supriyo Bhattacharya said, “The government patted its own back by operationalising a project that was stalled for 42 years. They claimed the whole project will cost Rs 2,200 crore. The project was washed away in less than 22 hours.”
    Talking to TOI, additional chief secretary (water resources) Arun Kumar Singh said the probe panel will be headed by the chief engineer of the water resources department’s advance planning division. Kumar said, “According to preliminary information, rat holes in the non-concrete portion of the canal caused water seepage and led to its collapse.” During the opening ceremony on Wednesday, Das had praised his officials for making the first phase of the project operational so many decades after it was envisaged in what was then undivided Bihar. “With this project, farmers can now grow crops round the year,” the CM had said. “Now, we can say that the income of our farmers will increase as we had envisioned.”
    shameless...
    ye bhakts kaha gaye?
    rat hole me chup gaye?
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    The Konar project was grounded for years before the Das government revived it in 2014. The Konar reservoir, built by Damodar Valley Corporation in 1955 on the Konar river, has a 357-km canal and a 17-km tunnel. While the tunnel work is complete, only 44-km of the canal work was finished before it was inaugurated, “in a hurry” as many said.
    Officials said the project’s actual completion is targeted for 2021. Over 62,955 hectares of farmland in 85 villages across Hazaribag, Giridih and Bokaro districts will benefit from the project on fruition.
     
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    fake news
     
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    Wow, someone just discovered 3 month old news. Nothing better to do? OK, carry on son.
     
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    Bcuz it's 3 months old...it shouldn't matter? News is news...idk about others but I just read it for the first time.

    It's amazing how the corrupt politicians were able to siphon off 2200 crores for 42 years...only for the canal to be built with such a subpar standard to collapse that quickly. Oh well...time to start another canal and loot more money.
     
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    I thought Bangladeshi level of chori was bad. Wow!

    2100 crores gone with nothing to show for it. :lol:

    These Jharkhand and Bihar folks make Subsaharan africa look like the first world. :-)
     
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    If they had waited a few months to build the canal, then it would have been 2020 and India would have been a supa pawa and the canal would not have collapsed.
     
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    2100 crore over 42 years is like 50 crores a year. Imagine spending 50 crores a year for 42 years...with that much spending I would expect that tunnel to be gold plated. I'm just amazed how they were allowed to get away with this blatant theft.
     
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    Don't know man. The stories I hear about parts of Jharkhand and Bihar even from Indians is horrifying.

    Apparently - trains are stopped midway between Kolkatta and Delhi and the passengers looted and robbed of their belongings around Bihar. These are probably not express non-stop trains I gather.

    Don't know if it still happens anymore though.

    Can't imagine how spineless their govts. are in those states that they'd let things slide down that much over law and order... Goondas are running amuck and controlling those states, literally...

    :lol: LOL.
     
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    Lets pray for the poor there.
    one of the poorest areas on planet earth..
     
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    So, are you saying that in the past three months India has transformed itself from a shit hole to a country that will become a superpower by 2020?
     
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    Btw where do u live in the US...east coast or west? Just asking out of curiosity...u don't have to answer if u don't wanna reveal that info. I've met up with Avicenna before while he was visiting Cali. I like to meet in person with ppl I interact with here...just to be able to put a face to them.
     
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    does that make it any less true or is it posted here already?

    or was it built by that top company of injineers that built that there paddling pool/langer hall combo tent at dera nanak? by the way you being a pure bred American are always so offended by any post that shines some not so bright a light on the superpower 2020, why?
     
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    Let me know when India meets your satisfaction expectations. Since you seem to hail from a nation better than paradise.

    Same reason an Englishman seems to be busy defending terrorists on a Pakistani forum. Something to do with land of birth , no ?
     
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    great effort and great find ............

    thank god we have pakistan in neighbourhood , we will now try to learn from pakistani engineers how to build canals without chori ............:enjoy:
    later on we can get training how to maintain law and order from lahori punjab police .