Suspension Bridge Collapses In Gujarat, Many Feared Dead; PM, CM Announce Ex-Gratia


Morbi: A nearly century-old suspension bridge on Machchhu river in Gujarat’s Morbi city collapsed on Sunday evening due to which several people standing on it fell into the river, officials said.

The bridge, which was recently reopened for public after renovation, collapsed as it could not bear the weight of the people standing on it, they said.

“Due to the bridge collapse, several people fell into the river. A rescue operation is underway. There are reports that several people have suffered injuries. They are being rushed to hospitals,” local MLA and state minister Brijesh Merja said.

According to eyewitnesses, there were several women and children on the hanging bridge when it snapped.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel and other officials regarding the mishap. A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said Modi sought urgent mobilisation of teams for rescue operations.

The PM has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from PMNRF for the next of kin of each of those who lost their lives in the mishap. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000.

“He has asked that the situation be closely and continuously monitored and extend all possible help to those affected,” the PMO statement said.

Patel tweeted, “I’m deeply saddened by the tragedy of suspension bridge collapse in Morbi. Relief & rescue ops are ongoing. Instructions given to arrange immediate treatment of the injured. I’m in constant contact with the district administration in this regard.”

He also announced that the state government will provide Rs 4 lakhs to the family of each deceased & Rs 50,000 to the injured.

Comments are closed.