Mahad bridge collapse: PIL filed in Supreme Court for probe

Mumbai: Days after the tragic Mahad Bridge mishap, a public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Supreme Court.

The PIL filed by former BSP contestant Pranay Sawant has sought ‘intense’ investigation into the negligence over the maintenance of the British-era Bridge, which collapsed, last week.

In his petition, Sawant has sought directions from the apex court to the Maharashtra government for furnishing documentary records of the various audits conducted, till date, on the now-collapsed bridge.

It may be recalled that the Mahad Bridge, which was constructed over the Savitri river, had collapsed on August 2. The 1928 Bridge on the Mumbai-Goa highway led to the drowning of two State Transport buses along with several other private vehicles.

It has been around nine days, and so far over two dozen bodies have been recovered from the Savitri river along with a wreckage of one of the buses, during the rescue operations.

While speaking about his petition, Sawant said, “We have sought all the records about the structural audits done by the government machineries and the steps taken in their context.”

It must be noted that Sawant has already filed a PIL in the Bombay HC wherein he has sought directions to the government to initiate action against the bureaucrats and hold them accused under charges of culpable homicide.

Upon asking Sawant said, “I am planning to file an additional PIL before the Supreme Court seeking audits of all the British-era bridges across the nation. I will also pray for the monitoring of these audits by the Supreme Court.”

While a division bench at Bombay HC will be hearing Sawant’s petition on tomorrow, the apex court has posted his PIL for hearing on Tuesday.

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