Morbi Bridge Collapse: Gujarat To Give Additional Compensation To Kin Of Victims After HC Rap

Morbi Nagar Palika and the Gujarat Government on Monday filed an affidavit before the Gujarat High Court. According to the state government’s declaration, further compensation would be granted to the relatives of the deceased. A total compensation of Rs 10 lakhs will be paid to each deceased, news agency ANI reported.

Compensation worth Rs 1 lakh will be paid to those injured in the bridge collapse incident.

Earlier on the day of the tragedy, the Gujarat government announced Rs 4 lakh ex gratia for the families of the victims. The Bhupendra Patel government also announced Rs 50,000 compensation and free treatment for the injured. The Centre, too, announced Rs 2 lakh compensation for the next of kin of those who died in the incident and Rs 50,000 to each of the injured.

A Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report on the Morbi bridge collapse in Gujarat released earlier revealed that the Oreva Group had sold over 3,000 tickets on the day the tragedy occurred. District government pleader Vijay Jani had said: “The group had sold 3,165 tickets on October 30 alone and there was no coordination between ticket booking offices on either end of the bridge.”

The FIR stated that at least 250 to 300 people were present on the bridge when it collapsed after one of the cables snapped, resulting in the death of 135 people. The bridge had the capacity to take the weight of only about 125 people at a time.

The Oreva group was tasked with the renovation and maintenance of the Morbi bridge. Oreva Group, in turn, hired Dhrangadhra-based Dev Prakash Solution to renovate the bridge. After renovation, the bridge was opened to the public on the Gujarati New Year on October 26.