B N Singh Pappan

Saharsa : The indefinite fast by about 55 persons led by Babulal Shaurya since February 19 to press the demand for construction of a Mahasetu over river Kosi at Dhengrahighat in Saharsa district was called off on March 7, 2017, as the state government has virtually conceded the demand. Leader of opposition in Bihar assembly and senior BJP leader Prem Kumar offered juice to those on indefinite fast including Babulal Shaurya, former Deputy Chairman Saharsa Zila Parisad Ritesh Ranjan, former member Zila Parishad Pravin Anand to break their fast.

Earlier, Saharsa DM Vinod Singh Gunjiyal met those on indefinite fast at Dhengrahighat and informed them that Bihar State Bridge Construction Corporation has constituted a six-member team comprising engineers to conduct survey of the site and it would start its work from March 8, 2017.

DM Gunjiyal told them that he had taken initiative in this regard on the day the indefinite fast began February 19 and even got a survey conducted at his level in this connection and letter sent a letter to Principal Secretary, Road Construction Department (RCD). The DM, in his letter to RCD Principal Secretary, said that to link Kosi embankment with Khagaria district border a 1.25 km long bridge at Dhengrahighat and 1oo metre long bridge at Chiraiyaghat was needed.

The six -member survey team is headed by Deputy Chief Engineer, Bihar State Bridge Construction Corporation, Surendra Yadav and comprises Deputy Chief Engineer Shamim Ahmad, Senior Evaluation Engineer Hiranand Jha, Senior Project Engineers Kameshwar Rajak and Vijay Kumar. The team has been asked to submit its report within ten days.

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