Gujarat bridge collapse left 60 dead, 4 lakh & 2 lakh compensation to kin of deceased
More than 60 people were killed when a suspension bridge over the Machchhu River in the Gujarat’sMorbi town fell late on Sunday night, said Brijesh Merja, a local MLA and minister of state for panchayat. More than 60 dead have reportedly been recovered so far, according to Rajkot MP Mohan Kundariya.
The families of the dead will receive Rs. 4 lakh in compensation, while those hurt would receive Rs. 50,000, according to Gujarat’s chief minister Bhupendra Patel. Additionally, the CMO stated that Patel is leaving for Morbi and cancelling all of his other engagements in order to monitor the situation and assess the ongoing rescue and relief efforts. The Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) would also provide an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the relatives of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured, according to the PMO.
Harsh Sanghavi, Minister of State for the Interior, hurried from Ahmedabad to Morbi after the tragedy. He estimated that there were 150 persons on the bridge at the time of the tragedy before departing. Over 60 of the 79 patients admitted to Morbi Civil Hospital, according to Chief District Medical Officer P K Didhrejiya, were in severe condition.
The tragedy happened at 6.40 p.m. when a large group of people were standing on the bridge that spans the Machhu River and divides Morbi town in two. The kings of the formerly princely state of Morbi built the bridge, known as Julto Pool (shaking bridge), which was a popular tourist destination. Officials cited by PTI claim that the bridge fell because it could not support the weight of the individuals who were standing on it. The injured were also promised assistance by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to a tweet from the PMO, he had spoken with Patel and “sought the rapid mobilisation of troops for rescue operations.”
“Many people come here throughout the weekend and holidays around Diwali; it’s a tourist-friendly location. The overwhelming crowd at the bridge undoubtedly contributed to the incident. People “tumbled over each other when it collapsed,” eyewitnesses told the news agency ANI. The Morbi municipality owned the bridge. However, a few months ago, the civic body inked an agreement (MoU) with the private company Oreva Group, turning over maintenance and operations for 15 years.
Prima facie, according to a spokesperson for the Oreva Group, “the bridge fell as too many individuals in the mid-section of the bridge were trying to sway it, however, we are waiting for more information.” On October 26, Gujarat’s New Year’s Day, the company opened the bridge to traffic after fixing it. The municipality claimed, however, that it was not made aware of the same.
The bridge is a piece of property owned by the Morbi municipality, but we just gave it to the Oreva Group for maintenance and operation for a period of 15 years. Sandeepsinh Zala, chief officer of the Morbi municipality, said, “However, the private firm opened the bridge to guests without informing us, therefore we were unable to get a safety audit of the bridge completed.
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