Morbi ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh too little, make it Rs 10 lakh: HC tells government | India News

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AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court asked the government on Thursday to increase the compensation money to nearly Rs 10 lakh for each fatality in the Morbi suspension bridge collapse, saying the current amount of Rs 4 lakh is inadequate. It said Rs 50,000 for the injured is a small amount too.
The Gujarat town’s British-era bridge across the Machchhu river buckled and caved in on October 30, killing 135 people.
The HC initiated proceedings by taking suo motu cognizance of a TOI report published the next day. A bench of Chief Justice Aravind Kumar and Justice Ashutosh Shastri insisted Thursday that the ex gratia should be at least double of what has been announced or given, suggesting around Rs 10 lakh.
“Compensation by the state to kin of victims and to those seriously injured is abysmally on the lower side. We hope and trust that by the next date of hearing, the said compensation…

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