Gujarat Morbi bridge history: The suspension bridge on the Machchhu river in Gujarat’s Morbi that collapsed on Sunday evening killing at least 141 people was reopened for the public just four days ago after seven months of repair work by a private firm, but had not received the municipality’s “fitness certificate”, an official said.
A century-old bridge in Morbi city caved in around 6.30 pm when it was crowded with people. For 15 years, Oreva has been operating and maintaining the bridge. In March, it was closed to the public for renovations. On October 26, it was reopened after renovations to celebrate Gujarati New Year, according to Sandeepsinh Zala, Chief Officer of Morbi Municipality. In spite of the renovation work being completed, the local municipality had not yet issued a fitness certificate (after the renovation).
Described on the district collectorate website as “an engineering marvel,” the suspension bridge reflects the “progressive and scientific nature” of the rulers of Morbi.
To connect Darbargadh Palace with Nazarbag Palace (the residences of the then royals), Sir Waghji Thakor, who ruled Morbi until 1922, built this “artistic and technological marvel” of that period.
According to the website of the Morbi Collectorate, the bridge was 1.25 metres wide and spanned 233 metres, giving Morbi a unique identity using the latest technology available in Europe at the time.
132 people were killed after a newly-restored suspension bridge over Machchhu river collapsed in Morbi city on Sunday night, according to Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel. After extensive repairs and renovations, the century-old bridge collapsed around 6.30 pm on October 26.
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An FIR has been filed against the bridge’s maintenance and management agencies
Morbi B Division Police Inspector Prakashbhai Dekavadiya filed an FIR against maintenance and management agencies of the bridge under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) & 114 (abettor present when offence is committed) of the Indian Penal Code.
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