Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (ANK)
Mangaluru, Jun 15: Former MLA Abhayachandra Jain alleged that the sand mafia and negligence of the district administration have caused damage to the Maravoor bridge.
Addressing media here on Wednesday, June 15, Jain said, "The bridge that connects the city to the Mangaluru International Airport has been damaged due to the negligence of district administration and sand mafia. Excessive sand has been removed with the help of a backhoe in the surrounding areas of the bridge in the name of dredging. Even after finding out about it, the people's representatives and district administration are silent. Before laying the foundation for an alternate bridge next to the old Maravoor bridge, the concerned officials should take the required measures to prevent catastrophes. Now, there is fear of a similar incident taking place at the Maravoor dam and the railway bridge. The sand mafia has been carrying out their operations clandestinely right under our nose. Earlier it took 20 minutes to reach the airport now after the incident it will take one hour."
Former district Youth Congress president Mithun Rai also demanded that the incident be investigated by the deputy commissioner immediately.
Congress leader AC Vinayaraj, Shalet Pinto, Anil Kumar, and others were present.