Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devedra Fadnavis on Thursday ordered a judicial probe into the Mahad tragedy, where at least 44 people in two buses were swept away after a British-era bridge collapsed on the Mumbai-Goa Highway.
Meanwhile, the death toll into the Mahad tragedy today rose to four after a woman's body was recovered near Harihareshwar in Raigad.
The order was passed a day after the Opposition parties called for thorough probe into the tragic incident.
Raising the issue in the State Assembly, former CM Prithviraj Chavan yesterday said a judicial probe should be conducted and action taken against those guilty of allowing the old bridge to remain open for traffic.
“The life of the bridge, built by the British, had ended after completion of 100 years. Despite this, an officer certified in May that the bridge was good for traffic. A case against 302 IPC should be filed against that officer,” former Deputy CM Ajit Pawar said.
A case of IPC 302 should also be filed against PWD minister Chandrakant Patil, he said.
“How could a wrong audit of the bridge be conducted,” the NCP leader asked.
“Why were warnings of the weather bureau ignored ? The state government is responsible for this tragedy,” he said.
Minister for Public Works Eknath Shinde told reporters that a structural audit of all bridges in Maharashtra been ordered after today’s tragedy.
Two state transport buses with 44 people have gone missing after the vehicles were swept away in the swollen Savitri river in Konkan region (Raigad) as an old bridge collapsed at Mahad late last night bringing traffic on the stretch to a halt.
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