Mumbai: A case has been registered against Shiv Sena Uddhav Thackeray faction leader Aditya Thackeray and other office bearers for illegally inaugurating the Delisle Road Bridge in Lower Parel, said Mumbai Police. A complaint was filed by the road department of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation at the NM Joshi police station and thereafter a case was registered under sections 143, 149, 326, and 447 of the IPC.
A day after Shiv Sena leader and MLA from Worli Aaditya Thackeray walked across the unfinished Delisle Road bridge in Lower Parel declaring it open to the public, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) filed a police complaint against him at NM Joshi Marg police station in Mumbai.
Municipal commissioner and administrator Iqbal Singh Chahal confirmed that the civic body had filed a complaint against Thackeray for the unauthorised inauguration of the second carriageway of Delisle Bridge at Lower Parel on the night of November 16 (Thursday).
“Basically, what the MCGM feels is that the style of inaugurating incomplete bridges or incomplete structures which are not certified by the department and unfit for inauguration is an unhealthy practise. If some mishap occurs who will be held responsible? It is nothing personal against anybody but it is a clear message to people who do such illegal inaugurations,” said Chahal.
Thackeray had posted a photograph of himself walking on the second carriageway of Delisle bridge, a saffron flag in hand, saying, “We don’t want VIPs of khokhe sarkar (a pejorative reference to the Shinde government), people are hassled.”
The Delisle Road Bridge is a crucial link between Lower Parel, Worli, Prabhadevi, and Currey roads in the west and Byculla and other areas in the east. It was shut on July 24, 2018, after being declared unsafe by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.