Gujarat Urban Development Department has suspended the Morbi Municipality Chief Executive Officer Sandipsinh Zala. In the wake of Morbi bridge collapse that left 141 persons which includes 51 childrens.
Instruction had been posted by Zala at the Regional Municipal Commisioner’s office in Rajkot to not leave station without permission of superior officers or the government.
The British-era suspension bridge, built on the River Machchhu in Morbi town, had collapsed on Sunday evening only a few days after it was reopened after having supposedly been refurbished.
“The state Urban Development Department has suspended Chief Officer of Morbi Municipality Sandipsinh Zala,” Morbi District Collector GT Pandya said.
According to officials, The Resident Additional Collector of Morbi has been given additional charge of the CEO’s position until further orders, Pandya said. Morbi Municipality had given the contract of the bridge repair and maintenance to Oreva Group for 15 years.
Police have so far arrested nine persons in connection with the bridge collapse. On Thursday evening, Deputy Superintendent of Police SA Zala, who is investigating the collapse, had questioned Zala for almost two hour.