Some of the cables of the century-old bridge in Gujarat’s Morbi weren’t changed during the seven-month renovation by a private firm, sources have said. The bridge snapped yesterday, killing over 130, including 47 children, the youngest being a two-year-old.
Oreva, the Gujarat-based watchmaker that renovated the bridge, was given the contract by the Morbi municipal body and no tender route was taken, documents show.
The country’s top forensics laboratory has also found that the bridge collapsed under the weight of the huge rush of people, sources have said. The forensics team pulled out metal samples of the bridge with heavy cutting tools for analysis.
The swelling crowds put stress on the structural integrity of the bridge, leading to the tragedy, sources in the forensics team said.
The watchmaker reportedly outsourced the “technical aspect of the renovation” to a smaller construction company, Devprakash Solutions.
While opening the bridge last week, Oreva Managing Director Jaysukhbhai Patel had said that the company had done “100 per cent renovation in 2 crores”.
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