More than 400 people fell into Machhu river in Morbi in Gujarat, as the cable bridge collapsed on Sunday evening. The major accident occurred only a few days after the bridge was opened to the public after repairs.
The 140 year old bridge was repaired and was closed for about six months. After the repair work was over the bridge was opened for public transport with a toll of Rs 15, on October 25.
The 756 feet long cable bridge is stated to be more than 140-year old. It was considered to be a heritage bridge inaugurated by Mumbai Governor Richard Temple on February 20, in 1879. The bridge then was constructed from the material imported from England for a cost of Rs 3.50 lakh.
Although the exact number of people drowned or survived is not confirmed, about 400 people fell into the river. Local people and government authorities are engaged in the rescue operations