The BJP state president and Northeast Delhi MP, Manoj Tiwari led a huge demonstration along with other party state leaders, Councillors and workers in Northeast Delhi today.Addressing the workers, the BJP president said after a sad mishap on a narrow Wazirabad bridge of school bus falling into the Yamuna killing 22 children in 1997, the then BJP government of Delhi decided to build a proper broad bridge and the government immediately brought a layout of proposed bill with a statutory fund.
In 1998 the Congress came to power and for the next five years sat over the project. Ultimately the construction of Signature Bridge started in 2003, thus, causing big inconvenience to citizens of Northeast Delhi.Even after work started, it moved at snail’s pace raising completion time indefinitely apart from raising initial cost calculated in the beginning at Rs 459 crore to over Rs 1,131 crore spent till in the recent past. This has caused extensive loss to exchequer and wide reports of corruption.
In 2013 and 2015 the Arvind Kejriwal government came to power but has done little to speed up the work except repeatedly raising cost and deadlines. Tiwari said, “In 2014 after becoming MP from the area, I repeatedly checked out with the company building the bridge and by late 2015 they informed that almost 90 per cent structural work stands completed.”Yet it is shocking that after another two years, the Kejriwal government is still extending deadlines and increasing cost.
Tiwari demanded that the Kejriwal government should immediately bring out a white paper telling the reasons of delay and raise in costs of work on Signature Bridge.If it does not respond soon, the BJP workers will go all out to force the Kejriwal government to complete work and issue white paper.
Source:- Tribune India