West Bengal PWD minister, Aroop Biswas conspicuously missing as mayhem continues after Majerhat bridge collapses

As the chaos over the collapse of almost 50-year-old Majerhat Bridge in West Bengal which stood in a congested part of south Kolkata escalates, the Public Works Department (PWD) minister, TMC’s Aroop Biswas, has been apparently absent from the scene.

Biswas who seems to be incommunicado with his core department- PWD, which is one of the most important departments in the state’s infrastructure space, had his phone either ‘switched off’ or ‘unavailable’ after the bridge collapsed as he prefers to accompany the CM to Darjeeling rather than oversee the rescue and the relief work. While West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and minister of urban development, Firhad Hakim coordinated the rescue work, Biswas was nowhere to be seen.

Biswas is one of the most popular TMC leaders, especially among the celebrities in the film and television industry of Bengal, an erstwhile Left bastion. He made it to the headlines last year for arrogantly not following Centre’s order on the use of red beacons on cars seeking to end the VIP culture. Soon enough, he accelerated to power when Banerjee entrusted Biswas with the responsibility of strengthening the party’s base in the sensitive Darjeeling area. Courtesy the proximity he has shared with Mamata since her days as a fiery Opposition leader, he steadily rose from being a councillor in Kolkata Municipal Corporation to a Minister handling sports and youth affairs and later got the opportunity to flash the position of PWD Minister.

- Advertisement - - Article resumes -

However, since his elevation, Biswas has been seen to be lackadaisical towards his core department. Even though this mishap can be considered as one of the biggest failures of the department, strangely, no comments have come in so far from the minister himself, who is heading the department responsible for the maintenance work of the bridges and flyovers across the state. According to sources in the state secretariat, the CM’s office has instructed the principal secretary of the department to take charge of the situation.

Despite several complaints from the local people and traffic police, the repair work of the Majerhat bridge, which stood for almost 50 years wasn’t ever taken into consideration. The department, in fact, only chose to go for some patchwork on the surface of the road. This mishap can be considered as a blatant example of the department’s negligence.

In April, we had reported how the West Bengal government is yet to dismantle the remaining portion of the Vivekananda flyover that had collapsed in 2016. Even after being aware that the remaining portion of the damaged structure that can collapse anytime is a constant threat for people living there, the department chooses to turn a blind eye.

Share This Post and Support:
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.

Most read articles recently

Rahul Gandhi’s lucrative and seemingly clandestine means of income and his links to scam accused FTIL, Unitech

How does Rahul Gandhi earn to buy land and other properties? A mystery we try to unravel

AAP propagandist tweets false claim about Adani Group, deletes due to fear of defamation

Earlier Delhi's Education Minister Manish Sisodia had also tweeted false claim about Adani Group
Prakash Raj was welcomed with pro-Modi slogans in Bengaluru

Actor-turned-politician Prakash Raj greeted with pro-Modi slogans as he went to file his nomination

Prakash Raj seemed visibly miffed with a large number of Modi supporters welcoming him with pro-Modi slogans in Bengaluru
Congress' official twitter handle tweets the wrong date of Shahidi Diwas

BJP’s aggressive candidate list for 2019 election like a blizzard on Congress led by Rahul Gandhi

The boldness of BJP is apparent in that it has 21 present Union and ministers of state in the list, alongside the candidature of its party president, Amit Shah from Gandhinagar in Gujarat.

Watch: Embarrassment for Hardik Patel, crowd chants ‘Modi, Modi’ as he addresses a Holi event

Red-faced, Hardik Patel had to stop speaking and left the place soon after

How Caravan and Congress’ attempts to create ‘bribegate’ before 2019 election fell flat

The 'bribegate' that Congress and The Caravan tried to cried falls flat on its face on several counts. 
Rahul Gandhi

Staring at an imminent defeat in Amethi, Congress on the scout to secure a safe seat for Rahul Gandhi

The Congress units of southern states have been feverishly imploring Rahul Gandhi to fight from any constituencies in southern states, apart from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh .

‘Krantikari’ journalist Punya Prasun Bajpai sacked, again, this time from Surya Samachar

Punya Prasun Bajpai and his team of 25 had joined Surya Samachar last month

The Wire journalist wishes Holi with ‘Bismillah’, devout Muslims say it’s against Islam

Celebrating Hindu religious festivals is not the only that triggers abuses and threats from Muslim radicals

Jammu and Kashmir Police officer Imtiyaz Hussain claims his life being under threat after he exposed Pro-Pak Islamists and ‘journalists’

Jammu and Kashmir policeman reveals how certain 'journalists' work hand in glove with the enemies across the border in Pakistan

Latest articles

Connect with us


Don't miss these

Share This Post and Support: