Renovation firm only painted Morbi footbridge, polished cables, say cops
GANDHINAGAR/ AHMEDABAD: Government officials probing the Morbi suspension bridge collapse that claimed 135 lives flagged on Tuesday a series of alleged lapses such as failure to carry out a structural audit of the 143-year-old structure before and after renovation, use of materials that may have significantly increased its weight and the absence of an emergency rescue and evacuation plan.
Besides these preliminary technical observations, the manner in which the Oreva Group was given the contract to renovate the bridge and the quality of work executed by it have been called into question.
“The contractor seems to have just painted and polished all the cables ahead of the bridge being reopened to the public on October 26. We haven't found anything so far to confirm if any of those worn-out cables were changed," said a police officer privy to the probe. "We are now looking into this aspect in detail."
Sources said the contractor had been given time until December to complete the renovation, but the reopening was advanced to coincide with Diwali and the Gujarati New Year with an eye on festive footfall.
The footbridge over the Machchhu river collapsed around 6.30pm Sunday, plunging most of the 400-odd people perched on the swaying suspension structure into the algae-covered river.
Suggesting that renovation, if any, was restricted to the suspended portion of the bridge, the team of engineers that searched for pointers to the collapse said the choice of materials might have played a role in making the structure vulnerable by increasing its weight. The number of people on the bridge when it collapsed far exceeded its capacity, adding to the risk of the cables snap.
"We are probing if the tension generated on the cables because of the increased weight of the suspended structure and the large number of people could have caused them to snap," an official said.
Based on the primary inspection, the technical team was of the view that the renovation had been neither carried out nor assessed by someone with expertise in that field. "The work was apparently executed by local vendors and sub-contractors without any expert supervision. We are investigating if and how this was allowed," the official said.
The initial response to the collapse of the bridge and how the evacuation was handled indicated there was no plan for an emergency, the team noted.
Engineers work is taken over by media persons, non-technical bullies, that is the reason for poor Infrastructure, whenever you see Indian Cities in News you see lot of wires hanging around, dangling, congested roads and streets. MEP Infrastructure need lot of investment in India
Clearly corruption in Gujrat has been rampant. Such an incident right before elections should be taken by Gujaratis as a warning from God himself - turn away from communal and egoistic paths, vote for your conscience otherwise you will see worse days ahead.
User Carmo Costa-Viegas
All India BJP phenomenon. Fake contracts ,fake work , fake EVERYTHING !
paarth•4 hours ago
We need to have criminal cases being filed against not just the contractors but also the elected officials who probably were taking bribes. This is after all the land of Nirav Modi.
The Directors of Company should be arrested and booked for MASS MURDER of 135 people and his properties seized for CAUSING LOSS TO PUBLIC. COMPENSATION given by GOVT to bereaved families should be recovered from auction of SEIZED PROPERTIES. An exemplary punishment through fast track should be given.
Krishnamurthi Narrainen•QUATRE BORNES MAURITIUS
MUST BEGIN TO JAIL ALL CORRUPT PEOPLE IN THIS UNFORTUNATE CASE AND HAVE THEIR BELONGING SOLD TO COMPENSATE THE FAMILIES WHO LOST A MEMBER
If renovation was done just by polishing and painting it isn't possible that government officials and regional mla were saints, they should also be investigated how much cut they shared and should pay the amt paid to victims and removed from their post permanently
I m waiting for BHAKT comment saying this bridge was not built during BJP rule..Hahahaha
If PM CM BJP is so serious and sad why not concerned minister and responsible engineers arrested till now in the case of murder of 150 innocent people.
Thanks to Gujarat Police for giving a clean chit to the renovation firm after Modi JI's visit . Now all should stop blaming the innocent firm .
BJP only knows how to Advertise and get Fame. BJP shown we Indians very bad days, started from Demonitization...
OREVA group is not a bridge construction company. OREVA is known for manufacturing of clocks and calculators. Still this non bridge construction company was given bridge maintenance work. This is negligence.
what is the Gujarat Model of development? Give Contract to own peple and close ears and eyes .
three bid system , alongwith callousness, corruption , lack of technical supervision caused the accident. nobody bothered how it was subcontracted. idiots were intersted to collect only ticket money , ignoring spot warnings . fix responsibility and better to book concerned under manslaughter charges instead of homicide. let others learn lesson on crowd management and other safety aspects.
All together different set of rules for BJP ruled states. See how PM reacted to a bridge collapse in west Bengal. He Said God wanted to show the corruption before the election so that Bengal can choose a new government. Now he is not talking about corruption
Shameless Gujarat Government. Who selected this contractor? Why due diligence and quality audits were not conducted periodically? CM should resign
• Bhanu S
Accidents are happening all over the country on regular basis. Which CM has resigned..??
Anjan Kesh•2661• Anjan Kesh
40% was gobbled up by BJP as bribes so contractor also know that it only had to show some renovation on outside by hiding the flaws under paint.
KENNY• Anjan Kesh
You r wrong MODI never lie,never take bribes,never wears costly clothes,never kills thru jeep,never kill children thru lack of oxygen.
Hibana•25202• Anjan Kesh•Kolkata
Throwing like cartoon Lol It's municipal level corruption. Everywhere in every party in India. Most has no control over this
Rohit Pande•20273• Anjan Kesh
This is what happens when you keep same people in power for too long. Every 10 years government has to change to maintain accountability in system.
Indian Abroad•3767• SKuG
Sake the CM. Gujarat BJP is throat dip in corruption.
First of all, let the official detail work order be published before we even comment on who was at fault !!!
Christopher Paul•10705• ExaltedMan
Where were the police ? Failure of police to monitor and manage the crowds.
Myth Buster•29249• SKuG
Even now Modi supporter will not accept that BJP is more corrupt than all other parties
I am the Mirror•10016• SKuG
The writer says, “the absence of an emergency rescue and evacuation plan”. What a STUPID comment! Does he mean to say that there should be a permanent Rescue team stationed near every Bridge and even Building, so that when it COLLAPSES, they will rush to rescue the Victims? That writer is bloody Joker!
Pverma Verma•14210• I am the Mirror•Bangalore
Mirror look at your shadow logic which is not as bright as you think you are. When we talk about district administration, you talk about one bridge.
Christopher Paul•10705• SKuG
Police Dereliction of Duty.
Police Deflection of Disaster.
The punishment should be so harsh that no one dates to do it again.
Everyone responsible for death of innocents be punished to the fullest extent of law. No politics and no lineancy!!
Russell Ian Duarte•19880• Russell Ian Duarte•Margao
Arrest the CM and put him behind bars first..Then see to which politician or Minister was involved and sack and barr them from any future Political or Ministerial involvement