A nightlong effort to clean at the civil hospital in Gujarat’s Morbi, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit today to meet the survivors of the massive bridge collapse tragedy that left 135 dead. Workers were seen cleaning and painting a section of the 300-bed hospital, which is a ground plus two-story facility with three wings, ahead of Modi’s visit later Tuesday.
Prime Minister Modi is going to visit Morbi this morning in the aftermath of the horrifying collapse of the cable suspension bridge across the Machchhu river. Of the 135 people killed, 47 were children. Over a 100 injured are being treated, many of them at the Morbi civil hospital.
A huge post-midnight “makeover” in progress just hours before the Prime Minister’s visit to the hospital.
A few walls and parts of the ceiling have been freshly painted, and new water coolers have been installed. Bedsheets in the two wards where about 13 of those injured in the bridge collapse are being treated were also changed quickly. Several individuals were observed sweeping the premises late at night. In the midst of the major clean-up, old water coolers and damaged walls and ceiling gave away the real picture.
The Congress tweeted from its official handle in Hindi, Terming it a “tragedy event”, “Tomorrow, Prime Minister Modi will visit the civil hospital in Morbi. Ahead of that, painting is on, shiny tiles are being laid. All arrangements are being made to ensure that there is nothing amiss in the Prime Minister’s pictures. They have no shame, so many people have died, and they are busy in event management.
The makeover, which is usual before visits by high government officials, has drawn criticism. Opposition parties Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have accused the BJP of focusing on “event management” to ensure a “photoshoot” for the Prime Minister.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is pushing hard to emerge as a key player in the Gujarat polls this year, tweeted pictures of the renovation. “Scenes at the Morbi Civil Hospital. Repair work is on to ensure there is nothing amiss in the Prime Minister’s photoshoot tomorrow. If the BJP had worked in the past 27 years, there would have been no need to spruce up the hospital at midnight.”
Some work had been paused following an uproar by the Opposition parties over the sprucing up exercise at a time when the town has witnessed the country’s worst bridge tragedy in decades.
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