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Morbi Bridge Tragedy: Revealed in the SIT report – 22 out of 49 cables of the fallen Morbi bridge were rusted

Morbi Bridge Tragedy: The report of the SIT involved in the investigation of the Morbi Bridge accident has revealed that 22 out of 49 cables of the bridge that fell into the water were rusted. The report said that it seems that the wires were broken even before the bridge collapsed. Please tell that 134 people had died due to the collapse of the bridge in the Machhu river of Morbi.

The SIT report also states that proper checking of the main cable and vertical suspenders of the bridge was not done before starting the repair work. During the repair work, the old suspenders were welded with new suspenders. The report also states that the company entrusted with the maintenance of the bridge had outsourced it to incompetent people.

1262 page charge sheet was filed in January

Explain that Ajanta Manufacturing Limited (Oreva Group) had won the contract to renovate, repair and operate a British-era bridge over the Machchu river in Morbi. A 1,262-page charge sheet was filed in this case in January, in which Jaysukh Patel, managing director of Oreva Group, was named as an accused. Jaisukh Patel surrendered in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate in Morbi after the charge sheet was filed.

Apart from anomalies, SIT also recommended some guidelines.

Apart from pointing out anomalies in the bridge, the SIT’s report recommended certain guidelines. The Committee recommended that a register should be maintained for all public structures, which should be audited from time to time. A proper SOP should also be developed.

The report states that any structure being used by the public should be periodically inspected by the competent authority. The report further stated that no restriction was imposed on the number of persons who could reach the bridge at a given time. There was no restriction on the sale of tickets for unrestricted movement on the bridge.


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