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Contractors who repaired Morbi bridge were 'not qualified': Prosecution tells court | India News

Contractors who repaired Morbi bridge have been ‘not certified’: Prosecution tells courtroom | Information

New Delhi: The contractors who carried out repairs of the suspension bridge at Morbi in Gujarat have been “not certified” to hold out such jobs, the prosecution informed a courtroom in Morbi on Tuesday (November 1, 2022). Citing a forensic report, the prosecution mentioned that the flooring of the bridge was changed however its cable was not changed and it couldn’t take the load of the modified flooring. As per the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report, prosecutor HS Panchal informed the courtroom that forensic consultants believed that the primary cable of the bridge snapped due to the load of the brand new flooring. The collapse of the bridge on Sunday night claimed 135 lives. 

“Although the FSL report was offered in a sealed cowl, it was talked about in the course of the remand plea that cables of the bridge weren’t changed in the course of the renovation and solely flooring was modified… Weight of the bridge elevated because of the four-layered aluminium sheets for the flooring and the cable snapped as a result of that weight,” Panchal informed reporters. 

The courtroom was additionally knowledgeable that each the repairing contractors have been “not certified” to hold out such work. 

“Regardless of that, these contractors got restore work of the bridge in 2007 after which in 2022. So the accused’s custody was wanted to seek out out what was causing selecting them and at whose occasion they have been chosen,” the prosecutor mentioned.

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The Justice of the Peace’s courtroom remanded 4 of the arrested accused — two managers of OREVA Group and two sub-contractors who had repaired the bridge — in police custody until Saturday. The 4 who have been remanded in police custody have been OREVA managers Dipak Parekh and Dinesh Dave, and repairing contractors Prakash Parmar and Devang Parmar, employed by the OREVA Group.

Chief Judicial Justice of the Peace MJ Khan remanded 5 different arrested males, together with safety guards and ticket reserving clerks, in judicial custody as police didn’t search their custody, Panchal mentioned. 

Police had on Monday booked 9 individuals beneath Indian Penal Code part 304 (culpable murder not amounting to homicide).

PM Modi requires ‘detailed and intensive’ inquiry into Morbi bridge collapse tragedy

In the meantime, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday referred to as for a “detailed and intensive” inquiry into the Morbi bridge collapse tragedy and mentioned its key learnings have to be applied on the earliest. Modi, who chaired a high-level assembly in Morbi to assessment the scenario, was additionally briefed on the rescue operation and the help supplied to the affected households, the Prime Minister’s Workplace (PMO) mentioned in a press release.

“The necessity of the hour is to conduct an in depth and intensive inquiry which can establish all elements regarding this mishap,” Modi mentioned.

Authorities should keep in contact with the affected households and be sure that they obtain all attainable assist on this tragic hour, he mentioned.

Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and House Minister Harsh Sanghavi, who holds the minister of state rank, have been amongst those that attended the assembly.

Earlier on Tuesday, PM Modi additionally visited the positioning of the bridge collapse and went to the native hospital the place the injured are recovering. 

He additionally interacted with these concerned in rescue and reduction work and lauded their efforts.

Went to Morbi, which witnessed the horrific bridge mishap. Met the bereaved households and prolonged condolences. I visited the positioning of the tragedy and went to the hospital the place the injured are recovering. Additionally met these concerned in rescue ops and chaired a assessment assembly.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 1, 2022

A minimum of 135 folks have to date died within the Morbi bridge collapse tragedy and 170 others rescued.

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