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Gujarat High Court issues notice to Oreva group’s Ajanta in connection with Morbi bridge tragedy

The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to Ajanta Manufacturing Pvt. Ltd of the Oreva group in response to the Morbi bridge collapse disaster, which claimed 135 lives on October 30.

By wasmulhaq 
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Morbi: The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to Ajanta Manufacturing Pvt. Ltd of the Oreva group in response to the Morbi bridge collapse disaster, which claimed 135 lives on October 30. The Morbi municipality gave the company the go-ahead to maintain, repair, and operate the footbridge that was built across the Machchu River during British rule.

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A bench consisting of chief judge Aravind Kumar and justice Ashutosh Shastri instructed the company to submit its response by January 19, the next hearing date. Dilipbhai Chavada of Ahmedabad, who lost his brother and sister-in-law in the tragedy, asked for the decision, highlighting the need to include the Ajanta-Oreva group as a party and order it to pay compensation because the firm got the contract from the civic authority.

According to the SIT investigation, which was made public in the high court’s decision on December 12, “22 of the 49 wires that were bundled into 7 strands to make cable were already broken prior to the occurrence of the tragedy.” According to reports, the remaining 27 wires were recently damaged.

Additionally, it would suggest that no structural or load tests were performed prior to approving the bridge’s opening; instead, the repair work was completed on October 25, and the bridge was opened on October 26.

The bridge was shut down for maintenance and repairs for almost seven months before being reopened on October 26 by Oreva Group promoter Jaysukh Patel and his family.

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