lalthanzara offer resignAIZAWL, Feb 16: Mizoram PWD Minister Lal Thanzara today said he was ready to resign, in a sharp response to opposition parties’ demand for his resignation over the collapse of the under construction Bailey bridge that killed one person and injured another on February 13. Terming the disaster as a “misfortune,” Lal Thanzara said, “As a Minister for PWD, I own moral responsibility. 

I have informed the Home Minister, who is taking the charge of Chief Minister, and the secretary of Congress Legislature Party of my willingness to submit my resignation. They would not accept my resignation and the people who elected me don’t want me to resign.” Lal Thanzara was speaking at a Congress political session at Congress Bhavan here. 

The construction of the bridge across Tuirini river to connect villages in northeastern parts of Mizoram was almost complete. The mishap took place when two men of Sesawng village, were walking on it. While one lost his life, the other was injured. The Minister said reconstruction works would commence soon in order to complete it before the onset of monsoon. “The Finance Minister has sanctioned Rs 2 crore for reconstruction of the bridge,” he said. – Correspondent, Assam Tribune

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