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Morbi Bridge Tragedy: How did the wall clock maker Oreva Group get the repair contract?

Highlights

Death toll in Morbi Cable Bridge reaches 134
Wall clock maker Oreva got the contract
The company gave clarification – hundreds of people were swinging the bridge

New Delhi. The Oreva Group has come under scrutiny after a cable bridge collapsed in Gujarat’s Morbi city. The company specializes in manufacturing CFL bulbs, wall clocks and e-bikes. But, it is not yet known how he got the contract to repair the bridge which is more than 100 years old. The death toll in the cable bridge accident on the Machhu river in Gujarat’s Morbi city rose to 134 on Monday.

It is worth noting that the company, founded by Odhavji Raghavji Patel about five decades ago, manufactures wall clocks under the famous Ajanta and Orpat brands. Patel passed away earlier this month at the age of 88. He was a science teacher in a school before trying his hand at business in 1971 at the age of 45. The Ajanta Group, with an income of around Rs 800 crore, now manufactures household and electrical appliances, electric lamps, calculators, ceramic products and e-bikes.

Municipal Corporation had given the contract
The cable bridge over the Machhu river was closed for repairs seven months ago. It was reopened on 26 October on the occasion of Gujarati New Year. It was popularly known as ‘Jhulta Pul’. In March this year, the Morbi civic body had awarded the contract for repair and maintenance of the bridge to Orewa Group. It is alleged that the bridge was opened without a fitness certificate. The company’s management could not get a comment on this. However, the group’s spokesman said soon after the accident that the bridge collapsed because “many people in the middle of the bridge were trying to swing it from side to side”.

The company’s business is so big
Morbi-based Oreva Group, which started with manufacturing wall clocks under the Ajanta Transistor Clock Manufacturing Company, has expanded its business to several sectors. The Oreva Group claims on its website that it employs more than 6,000 people. But, he has not made any mention of his construction business. The Oreva Group, which is known in the industry for its low cost, sells its products through 55,000 partners across the country. It has India’s largest manufacturing plant at Samakhiali in Kutch, Gujarat which is spread over 200 acres.

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