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Following the hearing, RTI activist Jyoti Rathod met BMC officials to enquire about the work. “They said the work on the bridge will start soon. The tendering process has begun, they will have to present it to the standing committee. I have also written to municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta today asking him to fast track the work and complete the work that would take 15 days, in 8 days,” she said.
According to Rathod, school students were the worst hit after the bridge was demolished in December 2015. “The bridge used to connect Bombay No. 10 in Mazagaon to Bombay No. 9 in Noorbaug, Dongri. Bombay No. 10 has the maximum number of schools in the area and students used to use the bridge to reach there. Now they have to take a taxi through P D’Mello Road and the earlier two minutes now takes 45 minutes,” she added.
Another activist, Kamlakar Shenoy, alleged that the bridge was illegally demolished by falsely declaring it dangerous without following due process of law. He said he has found through RTI that “they did not conduct a structural audit and inspection before demolishing it. It is necessary that the audit report says that the bridge is beyond repair and it has to be demolished. An FIR should be registered against the railways.”
According to him, many students lost their lives while crossing the railway lines in the absence of the bridge. “While official records say seven lives have been lost, we know that at least 40-50 lives were lost just this year,” he added.
Souce- Indian Express