In an embarrassing turn of events, a portion of a Rs 389-crore dam in Bihar crashed during a trial run and left parts of a town in Bhagalpur flooded. The collapse came about hours before its grand launch by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The Chief Minister was forced to cancel the inauguration of the Ganga canal project that was completed after a 40-year delay. Last evening, Mr Kumar’s office cited “technical reasons” for dropping the launch of the Bateshwarsthan Ganga Pump Canal Project, which has been set up to irrigate land in Bihar and neighbouring Jharkhand. Ads in newspapers had announced that Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan would also be present at the event. The wall of the canal collapsed when water from the river Ganga crashed into it after the pump was switched on for a trial. The water gushed into Kahalgaon village and inundated areas that are part of a thermal power project.