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.