Narendra Modi to visit the Morbi bridge collapse site tomorrow

Narendra Modi. Image credit PIB

New Delhi/Morbi/IBNS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the site in Morbi town in Gujarat where the collapse of a British-era built cable bridge on Sunday left 140 people dead.

Modi is currently visiting Gujarat.

He will visit the site of the mishap on Tuesday.

Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel tweeted this, adding that he gave necessary guidance to ongoing relief and rescue operations, reports UNI.

A First Information Report for culpable homicide has been registered by the Gujarat Police after a century-old bridge collapsed in Morbi, killing over 140 people, as per officials.

The case was registered hours after Sunday evening the colonial-era cable bridge snapped in Morbi town plunging hundreds of people into the 10-feet deep Machchhu river below.

Police said the bridge that had just been reopened less than a week back for the public was crammed with people when it collapsed around 6:30 pm.

Most of the people who came on the bridge had come for Chhath Puja.

The case has been filed under IPC sections 304 and 308 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) even as several are missing and more than a 100 have been admitted and are under treatment, officials have told the media.

Rajkot range IG Ashok Yadav earlier on Monday put the toll at 132 as he said that seven more injured were hospitalised and feared the toll could increase. Searching for people in the river is still underway, he added.