- Portion of Bundelkhand expressway develops potholes due to rains
- PM Modi had inaugurated the 296-km-long expressway on July 16
- The authority deployed a team with bulldozers and necessary equipment to repair the stretch
Bundelkhand Expressway caves in: A portion of the Bundelkhand expressway developed one-and-a-half-foot-deep potholes due to rains at Chiriya Salempur in Uttar Pradesh's Jalaun district on Wednesday night due to heavy rains within a week of Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurating the 296-km-long road.
The authority deployed a team with bulldozers and necessary equipment to repair the stretch and the affected portion was opened to traffic shortly.
A lot of people shared the picture and video of the portion of the road that caved in on social media. BJP MP Varun Gandhi questioned the quality of the construction work and sought action against officials and the companies concerned. Varun Gandhi in a Hindi tweet said, "If the expressway built at a cost of Rs 15,000 crore cannot withstand even five days of rain, then serious questions rise on its quality." "The head of the project, the engineer concerned and responsible companies should be summoned and action be taken against them," he added.
The incident also gave ammunition to the opposition Samajwadi Party and the Congress to attack the government. Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in a Hindi tweet said, "This is a sample of the quality of the BJP's half-finished development. The Bundelkhand expressway was inaugurated by big people and within a week huge pits of corruption came out on it. It is good that the runway was not built on it."
"The caving-in of the Bundelkhand expressway just days after its inauguration proves corruption of the double engine BJP government in the construction of the road. The CM should apologise for endangering lives of people by inaugurating half-finished Bundelkhand expressway," the Samajwadi Party said in a Hindi tweet and also tagged a video.
The UP Congress also targeted the BJP government on Twitter, saying the government had promised pothole-free roads. The development has taken a hit after four days of inauguration of the Bundelkhand expressway, it said. On the day of inauguration of the Bundelkhand expressway, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav had attacked the Yogi Adityanath government alleging corruption in the "half-finished" project. PM Modi had inaugurated the 296-km-long expressway on July 16.