In the aftermath of the Morbi bridge collapse that claimed more than 140 lives, many tourist spots are under the scanner for potential risk. Places such as Pavagadh and Bet Dwarka also bear a potential risk as they attract huge crowds.
Pavagadh, a ‘shakti pith’ near Halol in Gujarat boasts a venerated Hindu temple hugely popular among communities in central Gujarat. The temple is in the spotlight after the Prime Minister recently inaugurated the renovated complex. Post the renovation, the temple has been attracting many tourists, especially on Sundays. The steps leading to the temple at Pavagadh are narrow and with the rising footfall, it is a disaster in the making.
The same is the case with Bet Dwarka. Dwarka, the pilgrimage town linked to Lord Krishna, is a very important religious destination for Hindus. People visiting Dwarka also visit Bet Dwarka, a small island. Often the boats ferrying the pilgrims between Dwarka and Bet Dwarka are overcrowded without any safety instruments available. It is an open invitation to a major disaster.
Meanwhile, the government closed the Sudama Bridge in Dwarka following the Morbi cable bridge disaster.