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Morbi bridge collapse: Municipality's Chief Officer suspended days after tragic incident in Gujarat

Morbi bridge collapse: The British-era suspension bridge, built on the river Machchhu in Morbi town, had collapsed on Sunday evening (October 30).

Sheenu Sharma Edited By: Sheenu Sharma Morbi (Gujarat) Updated on: November 04, 2022 11:51 IST
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Image Source : AP. Rescuers on boats search for people in the Machchu river next to a century-old cable suspension bridge that collapsed on Sunday in Morbi town of the western state Gujarat, India, Monday, Oct. 31, 2022.

Highlights

  • Gujarat government suspended Morbi Municipality's Chief Officer Sandipsinh Zala
  • Zala was suspended in wake of Morbi bridge collapse incident that claimed around 135 lives
  • The British-era suspension bridge had collapsed on Sunday (October 30) during evening time

Morbi bridge collapse: The Gujarat government has suspended Morbi Municipality's Chief Officer Sandipsinh Zala in the wake of the bridge collapse incident that claimed 135 lives, a senior official said today (November 4).

The British-era suspension bridge, built on the river Machchhu in Morbi town, had collapsed on Sunday evening (October 30). The people who died in the tragedy included women and children.

"The state Urban Development Department has suspended Chief Officer of Morbi Municipality Sandipsinh Zala," said Morbi District Collector GT Pandya on Friday (November 4).

Resident Additional Collector of Morbi has been given the additional charge of the Chief Officer until further orders, he said. Morbi Municipality had given the contract of the bridge repair and maintenance to Oreva group for 15 years, officials said.

Police have so far arrested nine persons in connection with the bridge collapse incident. 

Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel visited the bridge collapse site in Gujarat's Morbi. The Prime Minister met those who were involved in rescue and relief operations at the Machchhu river bridge collapse site. PM Modi, along with Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel also visited the Civil Hospital in Morbi to meet the injured.

At least 135 people, including women and children, were killed and over 100 are receiving treatment for their injuries sustained after a cable suspension bridge in Morbi town collapsed on Sunday, plunging people into the Machchhu River. Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting at Raj Bhavan, Gandhinagar, on Monday to review the situation in Morbi.

The Prime Minister was briefed on the rescue and relief operations that have been underway ever since the unfortunate mishap took place in Morbi. All aspects relating to the tragedy were discussed. Prime Minister emphasised on ensuring that those affected get all possible assistance, a PMO release said.

The high-level meeting was attended by Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Bhai Patel, Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi, Chief Secretary and DGP of Gujarat, along with other top officials including from the Home Department of the state and Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority. The Prime Minister had said earlier that there will be no laxity in rescue and relief operations.

Gujarat government has constituted a five-member committee to probe the bridge collapse incident.Nine persons including officials of Oreva, the company that renovated the bridge, ticket sellers and security men have been arrested for the Morbi bridge collapse.

In the latest development, the search and rescue operation was called off on Thursday night, five days after a 143-year-old suspension bridge collapsed into the Machchu river claiming at least 135 lives, said the official.State Commissioner of Relief Harshad Patel said that no more victims were reported missing so the rescue operation was called off.

(With agencies inputs) 

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