The Adani Foundation, Adani Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm, announced a Rs 5 crore deposit to provide shelter to 20 children who lost one or both parents in the Morbi suspension bridge collapse on Tuesday. The foundation also presented a commitment letter to Morbi’s district collector.
When a swinging bridge built in the 1880s over the Machhu river in Morbi collapsed on the evening of October 30, 2022, at least 135 people were killed and over 180 were injured. Official records show that seven children were orphaned and 12 children lost one of their parents in the bridge collapse.
The foundation is also collaborating with the Morbi district administration to establish a Rs. 25 lakh assistance fund for each of these children, as well as to assist pregnant women who lost their husbands in this tragedy.
Chairperson of the Adani Foundation, Dr. Priti Adani said, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of life and share the immense pain of those who lost their loved ones. Young children are the most severely affected, many of them are yet to be told that their mother or father or both will never return home. The very least we can do is to ensure that these children have the means to grow, get a good education and lead fulfilling lives. Thus, we have decided to set up a fund to provide them with the necessary financial support,” she said.
In consultation with officials overseeing relief efforts, the Adani Foundation will keep a portion of the funds secured in a fixed deposit for the 20 children so that the principal amount remains intact.