Kamal Nath, the chief of the Madhya Pradesh Congress, alleged on Saturday that the tragedy at the Indore temple, which claimed the lives of 36 people, was caused by unauthorised construction on the stepwell.
He asserted that the pressure from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party prevented the local civic body from removing the unauthorised constructions on the stepwell. He also threatened to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Madhya Pradesh high court if these constructions were not removed within seven days.
After visiting the Beleshwar Mahadev Jhulelal temple accident site in Patel Nagar, Nath stated that if the Congress is elected to govern the state in the upcoming state Assembly elections, his party-led administration will enact a law requiring security audits of all public areas in the state.
The Congress leader also went to the private hospital where the accident victims were being treated to check on their well-being.
The floor of the temple, which was built over the stepwell, collapsed on Thursday, killing 36 people, including 21 women and 2 children. The incident happened as a “havan” (fire ritual) was taking place in honour of Ram Navami.
“This incident is a result of illegal constructions done on the stepwell, which has tarnished the image of Indore in the country and the world. If these illegal constructions are not removed within seven days, we will file a PIL in the high court to get them removed,” he said.
The former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh alleged that the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) was under political pressure from the BJP to leave the unlawful structures around the stepwell in place.
“Indore is called a ‘smart city’, but the local administration did not have the necessary equipment to rescue the people who fell into the stepwell after the accident,” he said.
Twelve hours after the accident, according to him, the Army was brought in to help with the rescue effort, but it was already too late.
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