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Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole alleges cracks on Atal Setu, BJP hits back
Image of Nana Patole inspecting Atal Setu posted on his X handle

Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole alleges cracks on Atal Setu, BJP hits back

| @indiablooms | 22 Jun 2024, 12:21 am

Mumbai/IBNS: With cameramen in tow, Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole has pointed to the cracks on the road, alleging corruption in the construction of the Atul Setu sea bridge, also known as Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL).

The bridge connects south Mumbai to Navi Mumbai and was inaugurated some months back.

Patole, who was seen inspecting the bridge during the day, claimed that the construction quality of the bridge was poor and that a portion of the road had caved in by one foot.

He pointed the same with a wooden stick that he lowered inside the gap between the cracks, spotlighting the seriousness of the matter.

"A portion of the Atal Setu bridge has developed cracks within three months of the inauguration and a half-a-kilometre-long stretch of the road near Navi Mumbai has caved in by a foot. The state has spent ₹ 18,000 crore for the MTHL," said Patole.

However, the ruling BJP as well as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which is the nodal agency for the project, said that the cracks were not on the bridge itself but on the approach road from Ulwe in Navi Mumbai.

"There have been rumours circulating about cracks on the MTHL bridge. We want to clarify that these cracks are not on the bridge itself but on the approach road connecting MTHL from Ulwe towards Mumbai," said the MMRDA.

"Stop maligning Atal Setu," the BJP posted on X.

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis asserted that there is no danger to Atal Setu and said the allegations as part of Congress' "long term plan to create a rift with the help of lies".

"There is no crack on Atal Setu. Nor is there any danger to Atal Setu. This picture is of the approach road. But one thing is clear that the Congress party has made a long term plan to create a rift with the help of lies. Talks of constitutional amendments during elections, unlocking of EVMs through phone after elections and now such lies. Only the people of the country will defeat this 'Darar' plan and the corrupt behaviour of Congress," Devendra Fadnavis posted on X.

Built at a cost of ₹ 17,840 crore, this six-lane bridge is 21.8 km long with a 16.5 km section over the sea

"This is a service road. This is a connecting part of the main bridge. These are minor cracks and they are being filled up and will be repaired by today itself. There has been no traffic disruption because of this," said Kailash Ganatra, Project Head, Atal Setu, PKG4.

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