Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said a “detailed and extensive” inquiry to identify all aspects relating to the Morbi bridge collapse tragedy is the need of the hour, as he chaired a high-level meeting here to review the situation.
He asserted that key learnings from the inquiry must be implemented at the earliest, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement.
However, there were controversies churned by the opposition over Prime Minister’s visit to the hospital where patients are undergoing treatment. It was alleged that the hospital authorities had selected and briefed about speaking with him. It was not just this but they were shifted to new beds with new sheets in a freshly painted ward. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is yet to respond to these allegations.
PM Modi said, the authorities must stay in touch with the affected families and ensure that they receive all possible help in this tragic hour, he said after he was briefed on the rescue operation and the assistance provided to the affected families.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court it would list for hearing on November 14 a PIL seeking constitution of a judicial commission to probe the Morbi bridge collapse incident in Gujarat. Over 140 people had died on Sunday when the ill-fated Morbi bridge collapsed due to over crowding.
In a PIL, Lawyer Vishal Tiwari, said the accident leading to the collapse of the bridge resulting casualties, depicted the negligence and utter failure of government authorities. From the past decade, various incidents have taken place in our country wherein due to the mismanagement, lapse in duty, negligent maintenance activities, there have been cases of huge public casualties which could have been avoided.
CCTV footage of the incident has revealed that people standing on the narrow bridge fell into the river after one of the two main suspension cables suddenly snapped.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is on a state visit to Gujarat visited Morbi. PM Modi chaired a high level meeting and took stock of the situation. He said, its the need of the hour to conduct a detailed probe and get to the real reason of the bridge collapse.
Police have registered an FIR (first information report) on charges of culpable homicide against agencies given the task of maintenance and operation of the bridge. The case was registered in Morbi under Indian Penal Code Sections 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide).
The FIR stated the bridge was not in use for nearly eight months as the local administration had roped in a “private agency” for its maintenance.
Over 90 people are feared dead in the ill fated Morbi bridge collapse. Several has gone missing. The death toll can go up. In fact, according to officials at the ground zero, all are dead. However, exact number will come in front only after the rescue operations are over.
The bridge collapsed at around 6:30 pm on Sunday today. Many had come for a joy ride on the bridge (a very normal ritual) being a holiday.
Prima facie reports says over capacity tickets were sold. It may sound blunt, it’s a man made tragedy. No capping was done.
Special teams of NDRF, Indian Army, Indian Navy, SDRF, Garur Commandos from Indian Air Force are carring out rescue operations at war footing. Apart from the men in uniform, many locals are volunteering and have jumped to save the people.
Special Helpline number has been opened: 02822 243300.
According to eye witnesses the pull collapsed as much more people had climbed than the permissible number. There were no control on the bridge being over crowded.
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