AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat authorities has issued a show-cause to the BJP-run Morbi municipality, asking why it shouldn’t be dissolved for failing in its fundamental duties as an elected physique by ignoring documented warnings concerning the rickety situation of the Morbi suspension footbridge that collapsed on October 30 final yr, killing 135 individuals. Senior officers within the city growth division mentioned the federal government was sure to “supersede” the municipality and that the show-cause was a formality. The municipality has been requested to reply in writing by a basic physique decision by January 25.
The discover issued by the city growth division on Wednesday mentions that the municipality didn’t act on repeated communication from bridge upkeep and operations contractor Oreva Group about an accident ready to occur if the construction wasn’t closed to the general public and correctly renovated.
“From all of the accessible details and data, it appears to be like like the sooner operations contract for the suspension bridge resulted in March 2017. After that, Oreva Group made it clear by a number of letters between January 13, 2018, and January 9, 2020, that the bridge’s situation was extraordinarily dilapidated, and that it needs to be instantly closed and repairs carried out. If saved open, there might be a critical accident and lack of lives,” the discover states.
“It’s very clear that regardless of understanding that the suspension bridge was weak and dilapidated, the Morbi Nagar Palika confirmed a torpid method for a very long time and didn’t take applicable selections,” the discover, based mostly totally on the preliminary findings of a three-member particular investigation crew, mentioned.
Morbi municipality has 52 members, all from BJP
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