Gujarat Bridge Collapse: Where is Morbi? Nearest airport, railway station and other details | So Good News
The Jhoolto Basin (Shaking bridge) in Gujarat’s Morbi, which collapsed on the evening of October 30, Sunday, was reopened on Gujarati New Year, October 26 after seven months of repair work by a private firm. The suspension bridge, located on the river Machchhu in Gujarat’s Morbi, is almost a century old. The bridge is located around 200 kilometers west of Gujarat’s largest city, Ahmedabad.
How to reach Gujarat’s Morbi
The nearest railway station is in Wankaner (27 km from Morbi). Wankaner is one of the main stations for all trains going to the district. Local trains are easily accessible from Wankaner to Morbi. The nearest airport to reach Morbi is around 67 km away in Rajkot and 247 km away in Ahmedabad.
To reach Gujarat’s Morbi by road, various bus services including State Transport (ST) Corporation and private buses are available to reach Morbi from all the major cities of Gujarat.
Morbi Bridge collapses death toll at 132
The death toll has risen to 132 the following morning, and several agencies are engaged in rescue operations. Republic TV has learned that a total of around 350 people visited there and around 675 tickets were sold to the Morbi suspension bridge on October 30. However, the bridge was intended to carry only 150 people at a time.
Rescue operation underway
“Rajkot fire brigade deployed 6 boats, 6 ambulances, 2 rescue vehicles and 60 jawans. A total of 20 rescue boats from Baroda, Ahmedabad, Gondal, Jamnagar and Kutch are working. 12 fire brigades, rescue vehicles and over 15 ambulances are at the spot,” said Rajkot fire chief Ilesh Kher.
All three defense services have deployed their teams for search operations. Three Indian Coast Guard teams consisting of divers, equipment, boats and other material have been deployed at the site at Morbi since last night.
The Gujarat government formed a high-powered 5-member committee comprising top officials to probe the tragedy. Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi said a case has been filed against the company managing the repair work of the bridge.