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Will there be a commission for judicial inquiry into the Morbi bridge accident or not? Supreme Court agreed to hear

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to list for hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking setting up of a judicial commission to probe the bridge collapse incident in Gujarat’s Morbi. 130 people lost their lives in this accident. A bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice JB Pardiwala took note of the submission of advocate Vishal Tiwari, who had filed the PIL. The petition mentioned the need for an urgent hearing on the subject.

We’ll list it… What’s the urgency?
I got the papers late, the bench asked. We’ll list it. What is the urgency?’ The advocate said that there is an urgent need to hear the matter as there are a large number of old structures in the country. He insisted that the matter should be heard on priority. ‘It will be listed,’ the bench said. According to reports, on October 30, 134 people lost their lives when a British-era bridge over the Machchu river in Morbi, Gujarat, collapsed.

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Many accidents in the last decade which could have been avoided
Tiwari said in the petition that the accident displayed the negligence and failure of the government authorities. The PIL states that in the last decade, there have been many accidents in our country, in which due to mismanagement, lapse of duty and lapse in maintenance, there has been a lot of casualties which could have been avoided. Tiwari, in the petition, has requested for setting up of a judicial commission headed by a retired judge of the apex court to probe the incident.

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Risk assessment of old monuments and bridges
In the petition, it has also been requested to direct the states to constitute a committee to conduct a risk assessment and survey of old monuments and bridges. It has also been requested to direct the states to constitute a construction incident investigation department for immediate investigation in case of such incidents.

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