A photograph of a collapsed bridge on the Junagarh-Jamnagar Highway is viral on social media with false claims that it was recently inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi
The West Bengal Congress’ official Twitter handle also tweeted the same image with a similar misleading claim that the Jamnagar Junagarh Highway bridge collapsed, only three months after its inauguration by PM Modi.
The archived version of the tweet can be viewed here.
BOOM spoke to the chief engineer, Roads and Buildings Department, Gujarat Government, who informed that the bridge collapsed as it was more than 40 years old.
BOOM found that the same image is viral on Twitter with a similar caption.
BOOM found comments which mentioned that the bridge was old.
We then ran a reverse image search and were directed to news articles which reported about the Jamnagar Junagarh Highway bridge collapse, that occurred this week.
BOOM also spoke to PR Patelia, Chief Engineer and Additional Secretary, (National Highways) Roads and Buildings Department, Gujarat Government, who confirmed about the collapse of the bridge. Patelia said, “The bridge was constructed more than 40 years ago. It was a small old stone masonry bridge of 25 metres of length. It collapsed two days ago as part of its ageing process. There were no casualties reported.”
Patelia also confirmed that PM Modi had never come to inaugurate the bridge, nor was it planned during his tenure as the chief minister of Gujarat. “The bridge was constructed much before Narendra Modi became the chief minister of Gujarat,” he added.
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Swasti Chatterjee is a fact-checker and the Deputy News Editor of Boom's Bangla team. She has worked in the mainstream media, in the capacity of a reporter and copy editor with The Times of India, The Indian Express and NDTV.com and is now working as a digital detective, debunking fake news.
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