Bankura: In the wake of two bridge collapses in West Bengal, the BDO and SDOs of
Bankura administration have been asked to submit a detailed report on the condition
of all the bridges in the district.
Govinda Prasad Singh bridge is an important bridge above the Kanshabati river near
Raipur. It is located at Bankura-Jhargram national highway 9. At one side of the
bridge lies the Chiltor village under the Sarenga block, while on the other side is
Raipur market. The then chief minister had unveiled this bridge on June 6 1976.
Following this, the state got several CMs.
During the tenure of the Left, the MLA of the Raipur constituency became a minister
of the state. From this area only, towards the end of the Left tenure, Zila
Parishad’s president was also elected. Presently, the MLA of the Raipur
constituency is also from this area. But it has been alleged that no renovations
were made of this important bridge. Thousands of passengers and goods carrying
vehicles ply through this bridge.
The locals allege that several small and big trees have grown up in the bridge due
to lack of renovation. It has led to a crack in one of the pillars. In some other
parts of the bridge, the steel rods gave come out as the plasters have weered out.
It is rusted due to daily rain and sunlight. As a result, if the alleged negligence
by the administration continues, then a repeat of the Majherhat bridge collapse is
Bikash Nag, a local said that different type of vehicles pass through this bridge
everyday. But maintenance work was not done as required. He also said that cracks
were seen on the bridge and demanded immediate repair of it.
An official of the Raipur block administration said, “The matter has come into our
attention. The district administration is taking information regularly too. A
detailed report has been prepared and submitted to the concerned department.” He
further added that, “The work for the necessary renovation will begin soon.”
Reported By: Timirkanti Pati
Edited By: Saheli Dey