The Delisle Road Bridge in Lower Parel was opened illegally, according to Mumbai Police, charging Aditya Thackeray, the head of the Shiv Sena Uddhav Thackeray faction, and other office bearers. Sections 143, 149, 326, and 447 of the IPC have been used to register a case after the road department of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation filed a complaint at the NM Joshi police station.
Aditya Thackeray, the leader of the Shiv Sena (UBT), allegedly went to the site and officially opened the bridge with the help of Sunil Shinde, Sachin Ahir, former mayor Kishori Pednekar, former mayor Snehal Ambekar, and about fifteen activists.
There was no permission from the Mumbai Municipal Corporation to open the Delisle Road Bridge, so traffic was not yet fully permitted on it. A case against Aditya Thackeray and other party leaders was filed by the police after the BMC officer filed a complaint. The UBT Shiv Sena leader cited “Public suffering” behind opening of the bridge without the permission of the BMC.
“While we waited on the BMC to open the full bridge to people for use, it has been almost 10 days that the other side has been ready and waiting for a VIP to inaugurate it. We inaugurated it last night and today, the BMC under the pressure of Khoke Sarkar has closed it down again, waiting for a govt inauguration, only to trouble the citizens of Mumbai. Why can’t it be thrown open for the people instead of waiting for the guardian minister’s ego and convenience? Open it!”, Aditya Thackeray said in a post on X.
The Delisle Road Bridge is a crucial link between Lower Parel, Worli, Prabhadevi, and Currey roads in the west and Byculla and other areas in the east. It was shut on July 24, 2018, after being declared unsafe by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.
“My only demand was, if the ministers of this extra-constitutional government do not have time to inaugurate the metro, then start the metro for the people without the inauguration. In the current Shinde-BJP regime, the party comes first and public comes last. They have time to promote their party, but not to inaugurate Navi Mumbai Metro. Delisle Road Bridge is the same way” Aditya Thackeray had said in his post on November 16.