Patna: The inauguration of the Rs389.31 crore Ganga pump canal scheme got cancelled on Wednesday after wall of the canal collapsed during a trial run, 24 hours before its inauguration. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was scheduled to inaugurate the canal scheme, aimed at providing irrigation facilities in the state and neighboring Jharkhand.

The wall of the canal collapsed when water from the Ganga forcefully hit it after the pump was switched on for trial run at Bateshwarsthan in Bhagalpur district. The water gushed into Kahalgaon and inundated areas in NTPC township as well some civil areas including the residence of the Kahalgaon civil judge and the sub-judge.

RJD workers burnt an effigy of the chief minister and Irrigation Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan in Bhagalpur alleging corruption in construction of the project. Principal Secretary of Water Resources department Arun Kumar Singh along was on the spot to supervise measures for draining out water from NTPC township and some civil areas of Kahalgaon.

The Rs 389.31 crore project has a total irrigation capacity of 27,603 hectares out of which 22,816 is in Bihar and 4,887 hectares in Jharkhand.