Report pins blame on Rathod brothers, NHAI contractors
Four months after the Shindewadi mishap, which claimed the lives of a woman and her daughter, the district collector revealed the contents of the magisterial report yesterday.
Sanjay Aswale, sub-divisional officer of Bhor taluka, who was appointed to conduct the inquiry into the incident, submitted the report to District Collector Vikas Deshmukh recently.
Aswale, in his report, has pinned the blame on the brothers, Kisan and Pandit Rathod, who illegally constructed structures by cutting into the hill. The contractors of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) were also held responsible.
“The report states that it is the responsibility of the NHAI concessioner to see to it that illegal constructions don’t spring up along the national highway.
Similarly, the concessioner should ensure that storm water drainage systems along the highways are properly secure,d so that commuters are not inconvenienced.
However, it seems that such precautions had not been taken by the concessioner,” said Deshmukh, adding that he had accepted the report and had forwarded it to the superintendent of police for further investigations.
On June 6, Vishaka Wadekar and her daughter died after they were swept away by rainwater gushing down the hills near the Katraj Tunnel.