Morbi Bridge Collapse An ‘Enormous Tragedy’: Supreme Court
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday observed that the Morbi bridge collapse in Gujarat was an “enormous tragedy.”
In one of the worst tragedies in recent years, a pedestrian suspension bridge over Machchu river gave way three weeks ago, resulting in 141 people losing their lives including over 40 children.
The British era bridge had reopened just five days before the mishap following renovation and repair.
The suspension bridge – on the Machchu river – had collapsed on October 30, just days after it had reopened following renovation.
Oreva, a private company in charge of maintenance of the suspension bridge, is under scanner for sloppy work.
The apex court asked the petitioners who brought up the matter to approach the Gujarat High Court since the case has already been initiated there after the court took note of the accident.
Supreme Court has also requested Gujarat HC to take up the matter suo motu on a periodical basis to ensure that all aspects of a proper probe are duly addressed.
The Gujarat HC last week asked the civic body of Morbi if it had approved the agreement to allow Oreva to maintain and operate the 140-year-old suspension bridge, and given permission to open the bridge for public use.
“We hereby direct the Morbi Nagarpalika (municipality) to place on record the copy of the approval granted by its general board, if any, approving the agreement dated March 8, 2022,” the HC bench had said.