Let's know: What is the Action against Morbi Bridge Collapse?


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Morbi Bridge

The Morbi Nagar Palika was aware of the risk of reopening the suspension bridge and allowing a large number of people on it, given the allegedly slipshod manner in which the Oreva Group had executed the renovation project, chief municipal officer Sandeep Sinh Jhala reportedly told police. 

"We asked him if he was aware that the contractor hadn't taken permission to reopen the bridge. He admitted no nod had been sought or given," a senior police officer said.

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"It (bridge collapse killing 134 people) was god's will," a manager of the Oreva company that was responsible for the maintenance of the 140-year-old bridge, Deepak Parekh told Chief Judicial Magistrate M J Khan during a court hearing where the accused were produced for remand. 

Parekh is one of the nine people arrested after the bridge crashed on October 30. While requesting the remand of the accused on Tuesday, assistant government pleader Harshendu Panchal argued that the contractor assigned to the bridge's renovation job was ill-qualified. "We have also submitted before the court that bridge flooring was replaced by the Oreva Group, but the cable was not replaced. It could not take the weight of the changed flooring." Panchal told to media persons. 

During the renovation, the wood of the flooring was replaced with aluminum sheets, a primary forensic report submitted to the court in a sealed cover stated. The court was also apprised that the bridge was suspended on cable sans maintenance like oiling and that the cable was also rusted. The court sent Deepak Parekh, Dinesh Dave, Prakash Parmar, and Devang Parmar on police remand till November 5. The FIR was also added with IPC sections 336 and 337.