“Make temporary repairs and open the bridge.”  Letter from Oreva Group to Morbi Collector January 2020

“Make temporary repairs and open the bridge.” Letter from Oreva Group to Morbi Collector January 2020

“Make temporary repairs and open the bridge.” Letter from Oreva Group to Morbi Collector January 2020

In a letter sent by Oreva Group to the Collector of Morbi’s District in January 2020, it was stated:

“Make temporary repairs and open the bridge.”  Letter from Oreva Group to Morbi Collector January 2020

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People gather after the collapse of a suspension bridge over the Machchu River in Morbi.

People gather after the collapse of a suspension bridge over Machu river in Morbi (PTI Photo)

By Saurabh VakhtaniaIn a January 2020 letter sent by the Oreva Group to the District Collector of Morbi, Gujarat, it said: A private company is responsible for repairing the Morbi bridge that collapsed on Sunday, killing more than 130 people.

It had signed a 15-year contract for the operation and maintenance of the bridge. The agreement between Morbi Municipal Corporation and Ajanta Oreva was signed in March 2022 and was valid till 2037.

The letter sent by Oreva Group to the collector of Morbi’s district. (India Today photo)

The content of the letter shows that Oreva wanted to sign a permanent contract for the maintenance of the bridge. The group said that until they are given a permanent contract, they will only be doing temporary repair work on the bridge.

The letter said the bridge would reopen after temporary repairs. Also said that the company will not order materials to repair the bridge and they will do the complete work only after meeting their requirements.

The letter says: “We are reopening the suspension bridge with only temporary repairs,” and the administration has asked to “fix” the issue.

Earlier, Municipal Manager Sandeep Singh had told India Today that Oreva violated the terms and conditions of the contract and opened the bridge in just five months without informing the civic body.

When asked whether the repair of the bridge has been completed and whether the company has passed the information to the local authorities, Sandep said: and the accident happened.”

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