Indian Army should build Thane’s dilapidated Kopri bridge: Eknath Shinde

Public Works Department's (PWD) Eknath Shinde demanded that the Indian Army should reconstruct Thane’s Kopri bridge as it is posing threat to motorists and pedestrians

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The famous Kopri bridge which connects Thane East-West is dangerous and should be reconstructed by the Indian army, demanded Public Works Department Minister Eknath Shinde during a cabinet meeting. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has told Shinde that he will consider his proposal.

Post-Elphinstone stampede incident, the state government, and Indian Railways summoned Indian army to construct the bridge. The Indian Army built the bridge in less than the estimated time and made it available to the public.

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Many times in the past, Indian Railways, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) and the state government tried to reconstruct Kopri bridge but as there was no other alternative route for pedestrians and motorists, the plan got delayed. In recent times, the traffic department had diverted the traffic to avoid any road mishap.

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On October 23, 2009, three people, including the motorman of a Kalyan-bound 12-coach slow local, were killed after a concrete girder of the under-construction Kopri road overbridge collapsed on the motorman’s coach. Shinde pointed out that Kopri bridge is turning out to be a death trap which should be given attention to.

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