Gujarat: Flaws in repair work of Morbi bridge exposed, rusted cables and loose bolts caused accident

Pankaj Prasad
Flaws in repair work of Morbi bridge exposed
Flaws in repair work of Morbi bridge exposed

According to the FSL report, the new metal flooring increased the weight of the bridge.

The scope of investigation of the bridge accident in Morbi, Gujarat is increasing. In fact, the team of Forensic Science Laboratory, after investigation, told that during the repair on the bridge, many flaws including rusty cables, broken anchor pins and loose bolts were not removed. Apart from this, the new flooring on the bridge had also increased the weight. Please tell that about 135 people died in this bridge accident.

repair contractors were not qualified

According to the prosecution, both the contractors who carried out the repairs were also not qualified to carry out such repairs and renovation works. The police have so far arrested nine people, including four from the Orewa group, in connection with the incident that took place on October 30. The Areva Group was managing the British-era suspension bridge. The prosecution presented the primary FSL report as evidence in the court of Chief District and Sessions Judge PC Joshi, who was hearing the bail plea of ​​the accused on Monday.

They were given the task of repairing the bridge

District Public Prosecutor Vijay Jani said, the report revealed that the cable on which the entire bridge was suspended was rusted. The anchor pins connecting the cable to the ground were broken while the anchor bolts were three inches loose. Those arrested include Deepak Parekh and Dinesh Dave, managers of the Oreva Group, and repair contractor Prakash Parmar, owner of Dev Prakash Solutions, Devang Parmar, who was hired by Oreva to repair the bridge. The bridge was opened after four days of repair.

300 people were present on the bridge at the time of the accident

According to the FSL report, the new metal flooring increased the weight of the bridge. Further, both the contractors carrying out the repairs were not qualified to carry out such repairs and renovation works. According to the FIR, at least 250 to 300 people were present when the bridge collapsed after a cable broke. The report also revealed that the Oreva group had not hired any expert agency to assess the load-bearing capacity of the bridge before opening it for the public.

Tickets sold to more than 3 people on the day of the accident

The lawyer pointed out that the group had sold 3,165 tickets on October 30 and there was no coordination between the ticket booking offices on either side of the bridge. He said that the booking clerk who was arrested should have stopped selling tickets but he continued to sell tickets and let more people on the bridge. The court can issue an order on the bail application on Wednesday.