The Oreva Group has informed the Gujarat High Court that it has deposited the full amount of Rs 14.62 crore as interim compensation for victims of the Morbi bridge tragedy with the state legal services authority.
The tragedy occurred on October 30 last year when the suspension bridge collapsed in Morbi town, killing 135 people.
The Oreva Group, responsible for the operation and maintenance of the bridge, was directed by the court on February 22 to pay Rs 10 lakh as interim compensation to the kin of each deceased victim and Rs 2 lakh to each of the 56 people injured in the accident.
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The company had initially proposed an amount of interim compensation which the court directed it to double.
The Oreva Group also proposed to take care of seven children who were orphaned in the tragedy by looking after their education, medical care, and residence, and ensuring they get settled in their respective professions after completing their studies.
A division bench of Acting Chief Justice AJ Desai and Justice Biren Vaishnav was informed by the company that the amount was deposited in two instalments of equal amounts.
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The court has directed the member secretary of the Gujarat State Legal Services Authority to ensure the disbursement of the amount in coordination with the District Legal Services Authority and government officials concerned after due verification of the victims, as per its February 22 order.
The state government also informed the court on Tuesday that it has superseded the Morbi municipality as per its April 11 order.
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Jaysukh Patel, the managing director of the company which into manufacturing e-bikes, home appliances and clocks, has been named as the main accused in the case and arrested along with nine others who are currently in judicial custody.
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