Despite the loss of live and sufferings of the people of Mumbai owing to the collapse of the footover bridge near the CSMT railway station, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam on Friday took the opportunity to politicise the incident and even insulted the army while doing so.
Blaming the ruling government in Maharashtra he said that the construction of the new Elphinstone railway bridge was a 'tamasha' and said that it was built for showing off.
"After the Elphinstone bridge collapsed, Mumbai people had demanded for an audit for all types of brigdes and so those who are damaged can be repaired or replaced But just to show-off, the army jawans were brought and the Elphinstone bridge was built and a tamasha was created. If you can go beyond the tamasha only then you can repair 300 plus bridges," he said.
Nirupam had also lashed out at the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in the state which has been in government for the past 30 years now.
He posed a question asking if the audit report stated that the bridge was fit then how did it collapse. He went onto put the responsibility on the BMC Commissioner over the incident adding that there is a need to maintain and thoroughly audit the many bridges in Mumbai.
"This is the sixth bridge that has fallen in the past two years in Mumbai. For how long the people of Mumbai will be a target of such incidents. Are the people at Centre or state not responsible. Are they not answerable or accountable? That is the bigger question. An audit of the bridge was done. As per the audit report, the bridge was in good condition, I have been told. Then how did it fall? Who audit it? In Mumbai under the governance of BJP-Shiv Sena alliance for the past 30 years, there's a budget of 35,000 crore. There are a lot of bridges in Mumbai and after the Elphinstone Road station incident, many of these bridges need immediate audit and modifications. The responsibility is of the BMC commissioner. If he cannot maintain a FOB, then he should not be in his position. Shiv Sena-BJP cannot maintain a FOB and they want to open a coastal road," said Sanjay Nirupam speaking to reporters.
Meanwhile, an FIR has been registered against the concerned officials belonging to the Central Railway and the BMC department under section 304 A (Causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code at the Azad Maidan Police Station.
Maharashtra Chief Minister announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 Lakh each for the next of kin of those who were killed in the tragic incident and a compensation of Rs 50,000 to the injured.