While doing the work of development construction, due to the negligence of the engineering contractor and the policy of saving the budget, many people have lost their lives while doing the work of development construction. At least 143 people were killed and 100 injured when a recently repaired 140-year-old suspension bridge across the Machhu river collapsed in Morbi, Gujarat, according to Indian media.
Although more than 50 people are still not in contact, the search for them is continuing vigorously. The structure was reconstructed and reopened five days ago. In the incident that happened around 6:30 pm on Sunday evening, people standing on the Pari bridge fell into the Machchu river. The death toll from the collapse of the Morbi suspension bridge has reached 130 by Monday morning, according to the Indian newspaper Times of India. It is said that others may be added while more investigations are being carried out.
The number of dead has reached 130 with the rescue workers removing more bodies from the Machhu river. Since the bridge was opened only a short time ago, many people were crowded there. As there were more than 500 people on the bridge at the time of the incident, the number of dead may increase even more, according to the Indian media. More than 100 people were injured in the incident. Some people are still missing, their search is on. Minister of State for Roads and Buildings Jagdish Panchal has said that the British-era bridge collapsed due to overload.
When the bridge that was being repaired collapsed in a short time, a question has been raised about the skill of the engineers who were engaged in the construction work. Tourists have to take a ticket of Rs 17 Bharu and Rs 12 Bharu for children to go to Morbi Bridge near Mani Mandir. After the bridge was repaired and put into operation, the accident happened when a large number of tourists went to the bridge at the same time. Leaders including President Draupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed grief over the Morbi accident. Now, after the incident, the incident has been discussed on social media.
Prime Minister Modi said that he was saddened by the tragedy in Morbi and directed to speed up relief and rescue operations. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced to give Rs 2 lakh to each victim’s family and Rs 50 thousand to the injured from the National Relief Fund. Similarly, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel has announced to give Rs 4 lakh to the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to the injured. President Draupadi Murmu also expressed grief over the loss of life in the incident.
The suspension structure of the 1.25 meter wide and 233-meter long bridge near Mani Mandir was closed for 6 months for maintenance at a cost of two crore rupees. Built on a budget of 3.5 lakhs, the bridge was inaugurated on 20 February 1879 by the then Governor of Mumbai, Richard Temple. Meanwhile, the state government has formed a five-member committee to investigate the cause of the bridge collapse. The team has said that they are continuously deploying people to search for people who died and were injured due to the collapse of the bridge.