Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday said the death of Cyrus Mistry, “who represented the young generation of industries”, in a road accident was shocking and called for strict implementation of speed limit policy on highways.
Mistry (54) was killed on Sunday afternoon when his car hit a road divider on a bridge in Maharashtra’s Palghar district neighbouring Mumbai.
There are some families in the country who choose to stay away from the limelight but their contribution to the country’s growth is enormous. Shapoorji Pallonji Mistry did play a vital role in various projects and contributed significantly,” Pawar said.
Condoling Mistry’s death, Pawar said the speed limits on highways need to be strictly implemented.
“Even as the road conditions improved a lot over the last few years, driving vehicles at a high speed is increasingly becoming common nowadays, he said.
Pawar said the capital investment of the Mistry family was more than that of the Tatas at one point in time before the Tatas increased their stakes.
Cyrus Mistry was representing the young generation of industries. He was on the Tata Group director board for a long time. He was later made head of Tata Group. He was soft-spoken. He got little time to lead the Tata, but did a good job, Pawar said.
Unfortunately, the unanimity with colleagues in Tata Group was not maintained, thus he had to leave his post. Since then he went away from it, he said.
Pawar said Mistry’s demise is a huge shock. The way his car has met with an accident is unbelievable, he said.
My daughter and MP Supriya Sule and Cyrus used to meet at least once a week for a long time. I was personally not in touch with him, he added.
The Mistry family has been going through various shocks for the last two years. Leaving Tata (Group); death of some members while other detected with chronic illness; and now Cyrus dying in a road accident, Pawar said.
Many key road projects, industries and dams were built by the Mistry family. It is a shock for India,” Pawar added. —PTI