Mahad bridge collapse: Govt has to bear responsibility for tragedy, says Nitin Gadkari

“We are in the government. As the government, we have to bear responsibility for the tragedy,” he said.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:August 7, 2016 2:09 am
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Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari Saturday said the government has to bear the responsibility for the tragedy where two state-run buses and some private vehicles were swept away after a British-era bridge over the Savitri river in Konkan’s Mahad collapsed. “We are in the government. As the government, we have to bear responsibility for the tragedy,” he said.

While search operations are going on, the confirmed death toll in the tragedy has already gone up to 23. The Union Minister, who was in Navi Mumbai for an event, also said that a new bridge will be constructed at the site within six months. “The Centre has provided assistance in this regard,” he said.

Contending that the vehicular traffic along the Mumbai-Goa National Highway had grown, he further said that work for the four-laning of this highway would be completed within two years. The work will be taken up in full swing from December 2016, onwards, he said. Gadkari blamed the slow pace of the road widening work during the UPA regime for delays.

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  1. S
    Feb 17, 2017 at 5:58 am
    six months completed and bridge also complted great nitin ji
  2. R
    Aug 11, 2016 at 9:30 am
    BJP govt will be blaming UPA govet till their term gets over - u r the govt and u must take responsibility
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    Shashank Sahu
    Aug 11, 2016 at 7:50 am
    It has been more than two years that BJP has come to power. But despite that fact no improvement has been observed on this highway since than. It is one of the busiest and accident prone highway in India. Some part of this highway(between Nagothane and Pen)was constructed in April/ May 2016. But within three months of its construction many cracks and pots have occurred. Pace of construction is also slow. And definitely there is a doubt on the quality. If you really have a concern for this highway and people kindly check the status report of this highway and do a survey for it. I commute weekly on this highway and know how pathetic is the condition of this highway.
  4. S
    suresh hari
    Aug 7, 2016 at 6:53 pm
    Gadbadkari - please do not blame any government - you act as you are the best peforming minister with Bufoons and jokers party