Mumbai, Apr 17 (PTI) The work of rebuilding the British-era Mahad bridge, which had collapsed in August last year and claimed around 30 lives, is almost done and it is likely to be opened for public from June 5 this year.Also Read - Kadamba Era Sculptures Found Lying in Dilapidated Condition at Goa-Maharashtra Border Village

Maharashtra Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Chandrakant Patil gave this information to reporters. Also Read - Goa Sunburn Festival Not to be Held This Year: CM Pramod Sawant

“The bridge is almost ready and we hope to open it for public on June 5. The bridge will be inaugurated by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray,” he informed. Also Read - Highlights India vs New Zealand 3rd T20I Match : IND Win By 73 Runs, NZ Whitewashed 3-0

Patil was speaking after a review meeting held here with Gadkari and the authorities of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

“The state has spent around Rs 27 crore on rebuilding the bridge,” he said.

When asked whether the Maharashtra government would also denotify state highways in the backdrop of the Supreme Court ban on liquor outlets along the highways, Patil said, “We do not have any such plans and in Mumbai, it was just the Western and Eastern Expressways that were transferred to MMRDA.”

“We also do not have any plans of denotifying the Sion-Panvel highway,” he said.

The British-era Mahad bridge across the River Savitri on the Mumbai-Goa highway, collapsed on August 2, taking with it two buses and two private vehicles, carrying over 40 persons.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.