State, centre equally responsible for Mahe overbridge collapse: Ramesh Chennithala
Mahe: Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala alleged severe lapses in the construction of the Mahe overbridge, which collapsed.
“It was almost like the bridge was constructed with the midribs of coconut palm leaf instead of iron rods. On visiting the site, I clearly saw the lapses in construction,” Ramesh Chennithala said.
In his Facebook post, the Congress leader added that along with the mistakes of NHAI and the contractor, the incident also highlighted the mistakes of the state government.
“The Mahe overbridge, is part of the Thalassery-Mahe bypass, which was highlighted in the progress report of Pinarayi Vijayan. BJP’s corrupt policy is the major reason why the bridge, constructed by NHAI, collapsed. During his reply to the no-confidence motion in the Assembly, the Chief Minister had celebrated the construction of the Mahe bridge as an achievement of his administration. The state government has backtracked from its claims once the bridge collapsed,” the Opposition leader said.
Ramesh Chennithala added that it was a crime to maintain silence about the lack of caution behind the collapse of the bridge.
Corruption in the accident, which posed a threat to the lives and security of people, cannot be dismissed. UDF will demand a comprehensive investigation by the central vigilance department over the matter. It was fortunate that there were no casualties in the accident which took place at a place that is usually filled with fishermen and labourers, he said.
Chennithala also added that it was a project taken up by both the state and central governments. Although it is the central government that funds the project, the supervision is carried out by the state. Hence both should provide answers over the accident, he said.