By Somali K Chakrabarti
On a pitch dark night
From far, a mechanic spots
Speeding buses, disappearing lights.
The raging river washes away
Chunks of an old river bridge
On the highway;
He raises an alarm-
Next day, the accident, lost lives
become a part of the news print.
A freak incident –
Or may be an audit lapse;
A failure to foretell the imminent collapse
of a decrepit bridge in heavy rains!
Individual valour saved many a lives
where a part of the system took a nosedive!
© Somali K Chakrabarti
A bridge on the Mumbai Goa highway collapsed on the 2nd of August, resulting in three buses and some cars falling into the river in the middle. Two workers Basant Kumar and Surjeet, who live near the bridge raised an alarm and saved further accidents when they saw from their window, three sets of headlights disappear from above the bridge. The irony is that the structure, constructed in 1927 , during the British Era was declared as structurally safe in an audit conducted in May.
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