Gujarat Accident News

Mishap at Kotambi ghat cripples traffic for 10 hrs
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

Nashik: People travelling on the Nashik-Peth highway on Friday faced major inconvenience as a truck from Nashik to Gujarat overturned in the Kotambi Ghat section at 9am, leading to heavy traffic congestion. The truck could be moved only by 7pm. The Nashik-Peth Highway (NH 848) witnesses heavy traffic on both sides around the clock as it connects two major states the circle officer of Rahata taluka the circle officer of Rahata taluka Maharashtra and Gujarat.The truck carrying groundnuts lost its balance while taking a turn as it was overloaded, said the senior officials of the Peth police station. Police inspector Divansingh Vasave of the Peth police station said, “The accident occurred around 9am on Friday. Police reached the spot following which two cranes were arranged to remove the truck.”Vasave said, “The position of the truck and the weight of the vehicle made it difficult to use the cranes to lift it. So we decided to bring another truck and shift the groundnuts into other vehicles.”However, the Peth police said there was some space on the road, through which vehicles including trucks were passing. It took 35 to 40 minutes for each vehicle to pass the stretch.“To keep the traffic moving, we allowed vehicles from one side of the highway and simultaneously stopped vehicles from the other side. This was followed for both sides,” said a police officer.Given the constant flow of traffic, a large number of vehicles lined up the Nashik-Peth Highway. However, the Kotambi Ghat stretch on the highway is one of the accident black spots in the rural area. This has happened even though the 54km highway was covered with concrete a year ago.On November 4, an oil tanker fell into the Kotambi Ghat while the driver was negotiating a turn there. In another incident, in the last week of October, two state transport buses had a head-on collision. No one was injured in the accident.The highway witnessed 82 accidents, from January to October end. As many as 57 people died in the accidents, 24 suffered serious injuries and 40 others escaped with minor injuries.

Mishap at Kotambi ghat cripples traffic for 10 hrs
Morbi: Mourning clock town to decide whose time is up? Whose hour to soothe?
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

AHMEDABAD: At roadside stalls in India’s ceramics hub of Morbi, locals are seen having fafda-jalebi and bhajiyas, the quintessential Saurashtra snacks. Though routines are returning, they still bear the sickness of loss caused by the October 30 tragedy in which the town’s landmark suspension bridge collapsed, killing 135 people. The plumes of dust on potholeriddled roads leading to the ceramic units have started rising again, but the dust is yet to settle on the horror. Morbi will vote in the first phase of the assembly election on December 1, but there’s an eerie absence of loudspeakers, dhols, DJs, and boisterous open-jeep campaigning. The late-night ‘chai pe charcha’ at candidates’ election offices are also listless as the loss of lives gets the better of politics during discussions. Never in the recent electoral history of Gujarat has any constituency voted in just one month of witnessing such a horrifying accident. Expectedly, BJP candidate Kanti Amrutiya’s campaign is anything but loud. The five-time MLA prefers to approach voters on foot and has requested party workers not to garland him. Kanabhai, as he is popularly known here, is personally meeting people, many of whom are still mourning the death of their near and dear ones. “I do not use vehicles or distribute sweets as people are still coming to terms with their loss. I simply speak to the people and ask them about their well-being,” says the 60-year-old. Amrutiya, who belongs to the Patidar community, had won from the Morbi assembly seat in 1995, 1998, 2002, 2007 and 2012. He is pitted against Jayanti Patel, the district Congress president with a forgettable electoral record of losing four polls. To woo voters, netas here can again make promises of basic infrastructure like drainage, roads and sewage-free Machchhu river, but they are visibly stopping short. Many feel such poll vows could be in poor taste at a time when locals are already enraged by the civic body’s lethargy that cost so many lives. However, the Congress is targeting the BJP over the bridge collapse. Ironically, the town has an annual turnover of Rs 50,000 crore ofceramics and clocks combined and employs around 5 lakh people. Still, the municipality’s coffers are so dry that providing basic civic facilities is tough. Morbi was carved out as a new district from Rajkot in 2013. In 2017, the BJP lost all three seats in the district – Morbi, Tankara and Wankaner. While Congress’s Mohammed Javed Pirzada has not lost Muslim-dominated Wankaner since 2007, the other two seats were among the 15 Patidar-dominated constituencies in Saurashtra that the BJP had lost in the aftermath of Hardik Patel-led quota stir. Amrutiya lost the Morbi seat to the then Congress candidate, Brijesh Merja. In 2020, Merja quit the Congress to join the BJP, and was elected as MLA from the Morbiconstituency. He was rewarded with a ministerial berth. The saffron party made a handsome comeback in the 2020 municipality election and won all 52 seats. Patels, mostly Kadva Patidars, are the key deciding factor in the fate of the candidates. There are nearly 62,000 Patels in the total 2. 87 lakh voters – about 22% – in Morbi. The question remains: Will people honour Amrutiya’s valour of diving into the Machchhu to save lives or hand Patel his maiden victory by venting anger at the government? For now, however, the man-made catastrophe is still fresh in the minds of voters. Vinod Sorathiya, who lost his 16-year-old son Bhautik and 19-yearold daughter Bhumi in the bridge accident, said, “This was God’s will. My family and I will vote on December 1. It’s my right as well as my duty. ”

Morbi: Mourning clock town to decide whose time is up? Whose hour to soothe?
Digvijay Singh alleges PM Modi is protecting CEO of firm that operated Morbi bridge
The Indian Express | 1 week ago | |
The Indian Express
1 week ago | |

Describing the Morbi bridge accident as an “example of criminalisation, corruption and commission” prevalent in the Gujarat government, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh said Thursday that the CEO of Oreva Group, which operated the bridge, was not being arrested because he had Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “protection”.“Gujarat used to be a model for administration and good governance. The Morbi bridge disaster is a clear example of what has happened to good governance over the past 27 years,” Singh told reporters at the party headquarters in Ahmedabad. He said he was in Bhuj as part of the Congress’s Parivartan Yatra when the Morbi accident happened and had rushed to the site. “Just 4km away a BJP election meeting was on and it went on till 7:30pm—almost an hour after the accident. BJP ministers and party MP were also present,” he said.Pointing to the Gujarat High Court’s recent observations on the Morbi tragedy, Singh said, “It shows how criminalisation, corruption and commission are widespread under Modi rule.” He asked what the district collector and the superintendent of police were doing when the head of the private firm cut a ribbon and threw open the Morbi bridge to the public just a few days before its collapse, which killed over 130 people.“Why has the CEO of the company not been arrested till date? Why does his name not figure as an accused in the FIR. It is because he has Modiji’s protection. This is the biggest example of commission, criminalisation and corruption,” Singh said, adding that Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel should have resigned after the tragedy.The Congress leader also said the Oreva Group CEO was “absconding” and that police had sent a lookout notice for the top company official. “There cannot be a bigger administrative failure than this. The functionality of the municipality is also suspect,” he added.Singh also alleged that the special investigation team inquiring into the tragedy was a convenient tool to protect the accused and criminals.

Digvijay Singh alleges PM Modi is protecting CEO of firm that operated Morbi bridge
Lesson from Morbi and Seoul: Not crowd control, but crowd management is needed to avoid disaster
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago | |

Written by Kulwant K SarangalThe recent tragedies in Seoul, South Korea, and Morbi in Gujarat have once again put crowds and their management under the spotlight. While many people have been killed in crowded situations in India during mass gatherings, Morbi cannot per se be called a typical crowd disaster — it was caused by structural failure and management apathy. Nonetheless, crowd management continues to pose challenges to the regulatory and other agencies in India and around the world.Accidents during mass gatherings are not a novel phenomenon. The Kumbh Mela is an ancient festival that attracts millions of pilgrims. On April 11, 1820, the members of the Sunvassees and Byragees (sects of Sadhus) vied with each other for the honour of being the first to bathe in the Ganga at Haridwar. As they rushed in, the multitude and unfortunate sepoys were carried down with such violence that they got jammed together within three steps of the water. This incident happened at Har Ki Pauri, which was a steep descent and about 10 feet broad, with high walls on one side but within three steps of the water. At the summit on the side facing the town, there was a broad flight of steps at the top of which the guards were stationed to prevent the crowds from pressing indiscriminately. But the sudden rush left people crammed together. The number of deaths reported was 430.A vivid description of the tragedy, recorded in the Asiatic Intelligence Report, is a classic study of “crowd crush”. It was not a stampede as people often call it. By the time of the Kumbh Mela in 1832, Lord Amherst’s government widened the said ghat to prevent further incidents of this nature.The Seoul crowd tragedy was also a classic case of crowd crush or collapse, though the media has casually reported it as a stampede. The Morbi tragedy is a failure in managing the access to the bridge, which should have been restricted to its prescribed capacity after certifying its structural integrity. This was not a case of crowd crush or crowd collapse, though people on the bridge were reportedly swaying and swinging, which may be one of the contributing factors to the accident.Utter disregard for the size of the crowd likely to descend in a given space at a given time leads to crowding accidents. When the crowd crush happened in 1820 in Haridwar, Lord Amherst widened the ghat, and tried to provide more space for the devotees to pass through to take the holy bath. Manoeuvring time is a constraint in some gatherings such as religious gatherings as rituals must be performed within the auspicious time frame. So, time and space management helps in keeping the crowd flow below the critical density. Crowd management scientists have worked out the levels of service for crowds at different venues, which should be adhered to by the event organisers to avoid critical densities.Crowd movements involve a combination of voluntary and involuntary forces. Critical crowd density makes crowd movements involuntary whereas optimal density guided by the level of service helps the crowd to self-organise voluntarily. Dirk Helbing and his team of mathematicians have tried to explain crowd dynamics with the help of forces produced by the crowd – both physical and social. So long as crowd density is managed at an optimal level, people in crowds are governed by social force, a voluntary force, which is a physical response to a social interaction.However, if the crowd density reaches a critical level, people’s movements within it are governed by involuntary forces — that is, the physical forces that are produced by pushing each other from behind or from the sides and so on in a packed-together situation. If the crowd flow continues unabated, people keep filling every available space between themselves and eventually they start suffocating and even dying while standing. Women and children – on average shorter than men — become the first casualties. Death may occur within three to four minutes once people are compressed by the crowd. To avoid crowd disasters, density must be kept to a level that allows people to move voluntarily with the flow.Why is the simple science behind crowd management not applied by law enforcement agencies? First, policemen are trained to control the crowds and not manage them. The control template aims at restricting or limiting group behaviour. The essence of crowd control is the use of measures to enforce order. Crowd management has now emerged as a discipline that requires a planned response to mass gatherings and enhancing the experience of those participating in them. This requires crowd planning to be prioritised for public safety. The design of venues, streets and capacities of ingress and egress points should guide crowd planning and contingency plans such as evacuation plans and trauma management services must be kept nearby to respond to any emergency.With the help of effective communication with the crowd, entry and exit to the venue can be constantly monitored to manage the density and avoid tragedies.The writer is Additional DGP, Traffic & Law and order, Mumbai. He planned the Nashik Kumbh Mela 2015. Views are personal

Lesson from Morbi and Seoul: Not crowd control, but crowd management is needed to avoid disaster
Govt says no person reported missing in bridge collapse, winds up search ops
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
3 weeks ago | |

THE STATE government wound up search and rescue operations in Machchhu river on Thursday, saying no person was reported missing in connection with the collapse of Jhoolto Pul suspension bridge five days ago.“After thoroughly verfying whatever information received by the district administration, no person is reported missing now. There is no possibility of recovering any dead body now in the search operations. We have held discussions in details with all agencies involved in the search operation. They used the latest technologies like sonar and ROB (remote operated boat) for intense search operations. Trained divers have also conducted thorough search operations,” Harshad Patel, relief commissioner of Gujarat, said on Thursday evening.“Now that there is no possibility of (finding any survivors or bodies), after discussing it with the district administration and Central and state government agencies, we are winding up rescue operations,” he added.The announcement marked the end of five-day-long search and rescue operations which were launched in Machchhu river after more than 300 people plunged into the river as one of the cables of the historic Jhoolto Pul snapped and its deck collapsed consequently late on Sunday evening.No survivor or body was found since late Monday afternoon. But search and rescue operations continued till late Thursday evening in search of a man named Gurmit Singh who was reported missing.Officers said the disaster control room of the Morbi district had received a phone call saying one Gurmit Singh had gone missing while visiting the cable-stayed bridge.However, on Thursday, Morbi district collector GT Pandya said that call was found to be hoax.“We traced the phone call and with the help of police, conducted detailed investigations. Today morning, police submitted a report to us, concluding that it was a hoax call,” Pandya told mediapersons.The collector added that police tried to contact even the family of said person but no one was found to be of the given name.“Therefore, on the basis of that report, we are not considering that person as missing,” Pandya added.The collector said that rescuers used underwater cameras to scan the bed of the river before deciding there was nothing to be found in the river.Meanwhile, the royal family performed a yagna for peace of souls of the 135 killed in the accident in Durbargadh, the court of the erstwhile rulers.It was in the Durbargadh compound that the western edges of the two steel cables supporting the suspension bridge were anchored. Meerabapa, the princess of the erstwhile royal family, presided over the ritual and made offerings for the peace of the souls of those killed in the accident. Later on, she offered floral tributes in front of the photo of the collapsed bridge.The yagna came a day after the family had announced Rs 1 lakh ex gratia compensation as a gesture of relief to the kin of those killed in the incident.

Govt says no person reported missing in bridge collapse, winds up search ops
Patient’s bandage had a ‘vikas’ when PM visited, says Vaghela
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
3 weeks ago | |

Questioning how a three-inch bandage on an injured survivor of Morbi bridge collapse turned into a 12-inch plaster overnight at the Morbi civil hospital, former chief minister Shankersinh Vaghela on Wednesday said he has written to the Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court requesting to take suo motu cognisance with regard to the bridge collapse.Vaghela who visited Morbi hospital on October 31, said, “The patient whom I met (at Morbi hospital) had a minor injury and had about a three-inch bandage and was sleeping on a dirty sheet and pillow…  Within a night the civil hospital is decked up as if it was somebody’s marriage reception. The three-inch bandage becomes a 12-inch one overnight. Like the ‘vikas’ in the country, this the bandage too had a ‘vikas’. He did not have any fracture. It was done to fool people.”The veteran leader was referring to the patient occupying bed number 26 at the civil hospital, who was one of the patients PM Modi interacted with while visiting the hospital on November 1.Vaghela, who was also a Union minister in the UPA government, also criticised PM Modi for changing clothes and wearing hat to public events the day after the Morbi  accident.“So many people died in your Gujarat. You are responsible and you could have at least removed your hat,” Vaghela said referring to PM Modi’s appearance at the Kevadia event on October 31 — a day after the accident — where he was seen wearing a hat.“Even Britishers remove their hat while honouring the dead. You even changed clothes to impress people. Why did you not take your helicopter to Morbi in the morning (of October 31 to aid rescue operations). People need to understand that all he needs is votes. You keep mourning after two-and-a-half days. Was it because you needed to attend public meetings,” the veteren leader further said.Several inquiries were conducted by the state government with respect to a number of accidents including a flyover collapse in Surat, fire outbreaks in hospital and hooch tragedy, he said, adding that no reports were shared in the public domain.“People think inquiries will yield something, but the government ends up fooling people in the name of inquiries,” Vaghela said adding inquiry ordered into the Morbi incident will meet the same fate.“I have requested the Gujarat HC to lodge suo motu cases… The capacity of the bridge was 15-20 persons. Who gave the permission for 400-500 people to get on to the bridge,” he said questioning the Oreva’s role in this accident.“If bridges collapse elsewhere, it is an act of fraud… This (accident at Morbi) is a fraud in your own state… In Bengal you criticised the chief minister for the bridge collapse, why didn’t you do the same in Gujarat,” Vaghela asked.Crediting the Muslim youths living in the neighbourhood of the bridge for saving lives on October 30, he said, “The government was nowhere in the picture when the bridge collapsed. There were no boats on standby for any accident. Muslim swimmers saved a number of lives.”Seeking votes for the Congress, Vaghela said, “I am telling people of Gujarat to save themselves. These are people who have a habit of converting deaths into political gains… Even though I am not in Congress, I appeal  to bring about a change this time… vote for Congress.”

Patient’s bandage had a ‘vikas’ when PM visited, says Vaghela
PM Explains Why His Gujarat Campaign Continues: "Path Of Duty"
Ndtv | 3 weeks ago | |
Ndtv
3 weeks ago | |

The PM said a committee has also been set up to probe the accident.New Delhi: A day after at least 141 people died following the collapse of a British-era bridge in Gujarat's Morbi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said rescue and relief operations have been going on since yesterday and the Centre is extending all help to the state.PM Modi said while he was pained, but also has to follow the path of duty. "I am in Ekta Nagar, but my mind is with the victims of Morbi. Rarely, in my life, would I have experienced such pain. On one hand, there is a pain-riddled heart and on the other hand, there is the path to duty," he said while addressing the people at the Statue of Unity in Gujarat's Kevadia where he paid floral tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary."I express my condolences to families of those who lost their lives in the accident. In this hour of grief, the government is with the bereaved families in every manner," he added.The PM said a committee has also been set up to probe the accident.Appealing to the people to be united during this tragic time, he said we need to take inspiration from Sardar Patel, who carried his work despite facing challenges from all quarters.The PM also assured that authorities are on alert even in the hospital where the injured are under treatment. "Priority is being given to ensure that people face minimum problems," he said.Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's birth anniversary is observed as the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas or National Unity Day.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comAround 500 people, including women and children, were on the suspension bridge when the cables supporting it snapped, sending people crashing into the river below. Many were performing Chhath puja rituals on the 150-year-old bridge, located 300 km from Ahmedabad.The bridge over Machchhu river had been shut for seven months for repairs. It was reopened to the public on October 26, the Gujarati New Year. The renovator of the century-old bridge had not taken a safety certificate before reopening it, local municipal body's chief Sandipsinh Zala told NDTV.

PM Explains Why His Gujarat Campaign Continues: "Path Of Duty"
Rashtriya Ekta Divas: India’s unity has pinched enemies, need to be alert, says PM Modi
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
3 weeks ago | |

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed grief over Sunday evening’s tragedy in Morbi that has killed 132 persons so far. Speaking at the Rashtriya Ekta Divas in Narmada district’s Kevadia, PM Modi said that although “duty” required him to be in Ekta Nagar, his “mind was with the families of the victims” in the suspension bridge collapse. In his address to the nation, Modi also warned of “forces that are making all attempts to make India fight” as the country’s “ingrained value of unity” has always “pinched the enemies”.Rashtriya Ekta Divas celebrations across the country were called off in the wake of the tragedy in Morbi. Only formal police parades and defence shows were held with the Statue of Unity in the backdrop to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.Conveying his condolences to the families of the victims in Morbi, Modi said, “I am in Ekta Nagar but my mind is connected to the victims of Morbi. Perhaps, I have experienced very less such pain in life. On the one hand, I have immense pain in my heart and on the other hand, I have my path of duty to walk. I am in your midst because of duty, but my mind is with the families of the victims. I express my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the tragedy. The Gujarat government is with them.”“The Gujarat government has been going about the rescue operations with its full strength. NDRF, Air force and Army have joined in the operations. We are ensuring that all treatment is available in hospitals. The Central government is also monitoring it. The Gujarat Chief Minister reached the spot last night and is leading the rescue operations from the front. The state government has already formed a committee to look into the incident. Ekta Divas gives us the inspiration to face such tragic situations. We take inspiration from the courage of Sardar Patel to go forward despite the grief,” he added.PM Modi said, “Talented groups have come from across the country to showcase the cultural programmes but we had to call it off due to the tragic accident yesterday. I understand the disappointment that these groups must be feeling but the situation is such.”“Ekta Divas is not just a date but a mega festival of India’s culture and unity. For India, unity has never been an obligation but it has been India’s speciality. The value of Unity is so ingrained in our nature… sometimes we even become hazy about it. But whenever there is a natural calamity, the entire country stands together. Whether you are in the North or South, East or West, the entire country stands in compassion and unity. See the example of Morbi… Every Indian has been praying for the safety of the victims… So many locals came forward to help in hospitals and the accident site. During Covid19 also, India went forward like a family… When the Army shows its strength on the borders, there is a united feeling of pride in the country. Be it the celebrations during Olympic medals or the fervour when India wins a cricket match, it is the same. We have different cultures and festivals, but the brotherhood and belonging we feel show that our roots are strong. ”PM Modi further added that India has suffered due to the division of society by its oppressors in the past but needs to keep the divisive forces at bay. “Enemies of India envy our unity. Since the times of colonial slavery, our unity has always pinched the enemies. The outsiders always tried to divide India using all means. But we were able to counter that because we have the ‘Amrut’ of unity within us. But we are still paying the price for the poison that has been administered to us during slavery. Today, we have to be very alert… There are (enemy) forces that still want to break us like in the past are still present,” he said.“They make narratives to make us fight over castes, regions and languages… They run campaigns to make one language the enemy of another so that people do not connect with each other but drift away… We have to remember that they do not come before us as open enemies challenging us but it can also be present in our mindset, family discord, greed, corruption… This divides and weakens the country. But we have to give them an answer like the children of Bharat Maa, like Hindustanis. We have to remain united and one. We have to reply to the poison of division with the amrut of unity.”“Statue of Unity reminds us that if India did not have Sardar Patel during Independence and if more than 500 princely states had not united or shown faith in the future of Maa Bharati, the India we are seeing today, could not have been imagined. This unimaginable work has been executed by Sardar Patel,” the Prime Minister said.

Rashtriya Ekta Divas: India’s unity has pinched enemies, need to be alert, says PM Modi
Bridge collapse: PM Modi speaks to Gujarat CM Patel, announces Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia for bereaved families
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel for a briefing on the bridge collapse in Morbi district that has left at least 60 people dead. The Prime Minister's Office said in a tweet that Modi sought urgent mobilisation of teams for rescue ops during his call with Patel. PM @narendramodi spoke to Gujarat CM @Bhupendrapbjp and other officials regarding the mishap in Morbi. He has sough… https://t.co/vkCSGpopeL— PMO India (@PMOIndia) 1667138468000The prime minister also announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the next of the kin of the dead. PM @narendramodi has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from PMNRF for the next of kin of each of those who lost… https://t.co/Ab6yegLddG— PMO India (@PMOIndia) 1667139878000President Droupadi Murmu also tweeted to say her thoughts and prayers are with the affected people. The tragedy in Morbi, Gujarat has left me worried. My thoughts and prayers are with the affected people. Relief and… https://t.co/5WuXjdrH88— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) 1667142154000Union home minister Amit Shah spoke to Gujarat home minister Harsh Sanghavi and other officials regarding the accident. Defence minister Rajnath Singh also expressed condolences for the bereaved families. Extremely saddened by the loss of lives in this tragedy. My condolences to the bereaved families who have lost thei… https://t.co/I2HsFYVkpw— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) 1667142551000Newly elected Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge expressed sadness over the accident and instructed his party workers to extend all possible help in relief and rescue. Deeply saddened by the tragedy that has struck us with the collapse of the suspension bridge in Morbi, Gujarat.I… https://t.co/070m2lhgzs— Mallikarjun Kharge (@kharge) 1667144728000Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal also tweeted to say his prayers are with the ones affected. गुजरात से बेहद दुःखद खबर मिल रही है। मोरबी में ब्रिज टूट जाने से कई लोगों के नदी में गिर जाने की खबर है। भगवान से उ… https://t.co/87EwkT7FvZ— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) 1667138753000

Bridge collapse: PM Modi speaks to Gujarat CM Patel, announces Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia for bereaved families
Gujarat: Vehicular trauma incidents in state go up by 55% on Diwali
The Indian Express | 4 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
4 weeks ago | |

Emergency calls related to vehicular trauma incidents went up by 55 per cent on Diwali day (October 24) compared to normal days in Gujarat, while road accidents peaked on Hindu New Year day (October 26) with double the usual number of emergency calls, as per data by GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI), which provides ambulance services in the state.Non-vehicular trauma incidents such as burns and physical assault also peaked on Diwali day. According to the data, the highest number of road accident emergencies in Diwali and post-Diwali days, was on New Year with 914 cases against the usual day numbers of 424, which is an increase of 115 per cent.The average road accident emergencies reported in the three days of Diwali was 734 with two-wheeler accidents accounting for 82 per cent of it. Ahmedabad recorded the highest numbers with 102 road accident emergency cases on October 26 and 271 cases in the three days (October 24, 25 and 26), recording an increase of 40 per cent.According to data shared by the Ahmedabad city traffic police division, 19 cases were registered between October 21 and 27 in various police stations under IPC section 283 (danger, obstruction or injury to any person in any public way or public line of navigation), five cases for rash driving under section 279 and 10 cases for disobedience of orders promulgated by a public servant under section 188. Ahead of Diwali, the Gujarat home department had announced a suspension of imposing fines on petty traffic violators from October 21 to 27.Non-vehicular emergency incidents such as burns and physical assault, too, saw a significant increase. From October 24 to 26, the second highest number of emergency care after road accidents was that of physical assault that averaged at 246 per day.Thirty cases of burns were reported, most from Ahmedabad (17) on Diwali day, against the six-odd cases seen across the state on normal days. Majority of emergency calls reported were in the evening period of 4 pm to 10 pm, according to GVK EMRI analysis.

Gujarat: Vehicular trauma incidents in state go up by 55% on Diwali
  • Road accident cases in Gujarat spiral on Hindu New Year day; no-vehicular trauma incidents peak on Diwali: Data
  • The Indian Express

    Road accidents in Gujarat recorded a spike on Diwali day (October 24) and Hindu New Year day of October 26. Emergency ambulance calls for vehicular trauma incidents in the state went up by 55 per cent on October 24 and more than double the number of road accidents were reported on October 26 than the usual days, according to data by GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI).Non-vehicular trauma incidents such as burns and physical assaults also peaked on Diwali day, the report said.GVK EMRI, which provides ambulance services in Gujarat, stated that the highest number of road accident emergencies during Diwali and post-Diwali days was recorded on New Year day with 914 cases – an increase by 115 per cent as against the usual day trend of 424.The average road accident emergencies reported in the three days of Diwali – October 24, 25 and 26 – was 734 with two-wheeler accidents taking up 82 per cent of the total share.Ahmedabad district topped the list of road accidents with an increase of 40 per cent. The district saw 102 cases being reported on October 26 and 271 cases in the three days.Meanwhile, according to the data shared by the Ahmedabad city traffic police division, 19 cases were registered in the city during the seven days from October 21 to 27, under section 283 of IPC (danger, obstruction or injury to any person in any public way or public line of navigation), five cases for rash driving and 10 cases for disobedience of orders promulgated by a public servant.Notably, the Gujarat home department prior to Diwali had announced a suspension of imposing fines on petty traffic violators from October 21 to 27.Apart from vehicular incidents, non-vehicular emergency incidents such as that of burns and physical assault too saw a significant rise.During the three days from October 24 to 26, physical assaults were the second-most reported incidents for emergency care that averaged 246 per day. The highest number of emergency calls for such incidents in the state was received on Diwali day (257) against the usual day trend of 121.Thirty burn cases, most of them being from Ahmedabad (17), were reported on Diwali day, against the six odd cases seen usually across the state on normal days.GVK EMRI analysis said that the majority of the calls were reported during 4 pm to 10 pm.The pre-Diwali celebrations had also seen a spike in cases of vehicular trauma on October 23, with a rise of nearly 50 per cent compared to regular days, while 16 cases of burns were reported instead of the average six cases reported on a regular day.

Gujarat: ‘Follow IRC rules while building speed breakers’
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

GANDHINAGAR: All speed breakers on roads ought to be according to the Indian Road Congress (IRC) code, suggested road safety experts appointed by the state government. This was one of the many recommendations made at a meeting of the Gujarat Road Safety Authority and State Road Safety Council held in Gandhinagar earlier this week. Road safety experts Samir Pathak and J V Shah also recommended that the maximum permissible speed be prominently displayed at regular intervals on all national and state highways. The experts' recommendations have been adopted in full by the road safety authority, and concerned departments have been asked to implement these immediately, said officials. "The committee noted that the number of road accidents has reduced but is still alarmingly high. Hence, it is important to adopt experts' recommendations to make roads safer in Gujarat," an official said. Sources said that the issue of plantations on road dividers to reduce the glare from headlamps of vehicles approaching from the opposite direction was also discussed at length. "In some instances, plantations create 'blind spots' on roads, leading to accidents. Experts have suggested that plantations can be substituted by something else to avoid blind spots," sources said. The experts added that many speed breakers on state roads are not compliant with the IRC code. While there is a lack of uniformity, speed breakers are set up in many cases without following any guidelines.

Gujarat: ‘Follow IRC rules while building speed breakers’
Gujarat: 6 people killed, 15 injured after bus rams into trailer near Vadodara
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

Six people were killed and nearly 15 others injured after a bus rammed into a trailer on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai national highway on the outskirts of Vadodara city in Gujarat in the wee hours of Tuesday, police said.The accident took place around 4 am when the luxury bus was going towards Surat from Rajasthan, they said.It hit the trailer from behind while trying to overtake it on a bridge on the highway, an official from Panigate police station said.As many as six passengers were killed and around 15 others injured in the accident, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-3) Yashpal Jaganiya said.“Four persons were killed on the spot and two others died in hospital,” he said.The deceased included a child, a woman and four men, the police said.

Gujarat: 6 people killed, 15 injured after bus rams into trailer near Vadodara
  • 6 People Killed, 15 Injured After Bus Rams Into Trailer In Gujarat
  • Ndtv

    The bus hit the trailer from behind while trying to overtake it on a bridge.Vadodara: Six people were killed and at least 15 others injured after a bus rammed into a trailer on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai national highway on the outskirts of Vadodara city in Gujarat in the early hours of Tuesday, police said.The accident took place around 4 am when the luxury bus was going towards Surat from Rajasthan, they said.It hit the trailer from behind while trying to overtake it on a bridge on the highway, an official from Panigate police station said.As many as six passengers were killed and at least 15 others injured in the accident, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-3) Yashpal Jaganiya said."Four persons were killed on the spot and two others died in hospital," he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comA child, a woman and four men were among those killed, the police said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

In Gujarat HC today, top bureaucrats to explain measures to curb stray cattle menace
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Top bureaucrats - the director general of police (DGP), the city's police commissioner and municipal commissioner, secretaries of the home department and urban development and urban housing department - will queue up before the Gujarat high court on Tuesday, to explain the action taken to deal with the menace of stray cattle on public roads. Taking notice of deficiencies in implementation of directions issued by the court over two decades and deaths in accidents caused by stray cattle, the bench of Chief Justice Aravind Kumar and Justice Ashutosh Shastri also called for a concrete proposal from the state government to deal with the problem. Meanwhile, the state government filed an affidavit and informed the high court that it has issued directions to the departments concerned to fix responsibility on officials for the stray cattle menace, particularly in the event of accidents involving bovines resulting in death or injury to citizens. This includes the issue of paying compensation for death and injuries. For all municipal corporations, the state government has decided to set responsibility on the deputy municipal commissioner concerned to deal with the stray cattle problem involving compensation for victims. For municipalities, chief officers will have responsibility in this regard. For rural areas, the responsibility of ensuring the elimination of the cattle nuisance and avoiding road accidents has been fixed on district collectors. The AMC tried to defend itself for death of one Bhavin Patel, who died in an accident after a cow hit his motorcycle in Naroda last month, submitting that it planned to pay Rs 2 lakh compensation to Patel's family. It was also submitted that the civic body has made a policy to pay compensation in cases of death or injury in accidents involving stray cattle. But the judges were insistent on having the top authorities present in court to directly answer questions. Government pleader Manisha Shah requested the court not issue any directions for the presence of top officials and promised that the government would have them present before the court on Tuesday afternoon.

In Gujarat HC today, top bureaucrats to explain measures to curb stray cattle menace
Varanasi-bound Vande Bharat suffers jammed wheels, ‘flat tyre’; Shatabdi sent for passengers
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

The New Delhi-Varanasi Vande Bharat Express was taken out of operation on Saturday after it suffered a snag in a traction motor that jammed its wheels and damaged their perfect roundness, a situation officials described as “flat tyre”.The officials said the semi-high speed train left New Delhi station at its scheduled time of 06.00 AM but it had to be withdrawn at Khurja station in Uttar Pradesh, just after travelling about 90 km.All the 1,068 passengers had to be deboarded and shifted to a Shatabdi Express rake brought from Delhi for their onwards journey, which started around 12.40 pm.”Varanasi Vande Bharat rake (Train no 22436) has suffered a failure due to bearing defect in Traction Motor of C8 coach between Dankaur and Wair stations of North Central Railway,” the Railways said in a statement.“The bearing jam was rectified with assistance of NCR team. However, due to development of a flat tyre of 80 mm, the train has been moved at a restricted speed of 20 kmph up to Khurja…A detailed investigation of the failure will be done after taking the rake back to maintenance depot,” the statement said.A traction motor is an electric motor used for the propulsion of a system such as locomotives, electric or hydrogen vehicles, elevators or electric multiple units.Traction motor bearings are key to the safe operation of high-speed trains, but they are also the most vulnerable component of the motor. An undetected bearing failure may cause serious accidents.Hence, any fault in the traction motor may force the train to be suspended or induce safety accidents.Officials said the train crossed Dadri station of North Central Railway at 06.38 hours.When it was hurtling past the level crossing gate no 146, the gateman working there felt some friction in the 7th compartment from the rear SLR (Seating cum Luggage Rake) of the train and immediately reported the brake block jam.The train, cruising at around 100 kmph, was then halted at Wair Station (Bulandshahar) at 7:30 am, 67 km from Delhi.Later, after inspection of the wheel by the onboard technical staff, the train was taken 20 km further to Khurja Railway Station at a controlled speed.“At around 12:40, all the 1,068 passengers were deboarded and shifted to a Shatabdi Express rake which was brought from Delhi for their onwards journey,” an official said.Senior Section Engineer, Carriage and Wagon, V K Meena said the Shatabdi Express began the onward journey after a four-hour wait by the passengers.The Vande Bharat Express was being repaired to take it to Delhi, he said.A ‘flat tyre’ in the railway terminology refers to the damage to the perfect roundness of the wheel with some “flat” places in its periphery.This is the third day in a row that the Vande Bharat train has been in the news. Earlier, the newly launched Gandhinagar-Mumbai Vande Bharat Express ran into cattle herds on Thursday and Friday, damaging the nose of the train on both days.

Varanasi-bound Vande Bharat suffers jammed wheels, ‘flat tyre’; Shatabdi sent for passengers
Bandra-Worli Sea Link accident: Accused is landlord, builder; 52 traffic violations on car, including nine for over-speeding
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

Irfan Bilakhya, who allegedly crashed his Creta on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, killing five persons in the wee hours of Wednesday, is from a well-off business family with interests in the real estate sector.The car that Bilakhya was driving at the time of the accident has had 52 e-challans issued against it for various violations, of which 35 e-challans are unpaid with a total pending fine of Rs 28,000. Of the 52 e-challans, nine are for overspeeding, including one a few days before the accident, said police sources.Bilakhya is a real estate developer and his father is a landlord who owns several buildings in Mumbai. They own a construction company with its office in Jogeshwari and have built several buildings in Mumbai over the past few decades. The family owns a building on the Mohamed Ali Road in south Mumbai and lives in the same building.Irfan stays with his parents, wife and children and younger brother Asif. The family is from Gujarat and have done a lot of charity work through their Sorathiya Muslim Ghanchi Jamat community.A family member requesting anonymity said, “Irfan has been driving the Creta car for work to our real estate office in Jogeshwari. We took the car a few years back. After the accident he went to Saifee hospital where he was asked to undergo a surgery for an injury on his finger. He then came home to tell his father about the incident. His 65-year-old father Abdul Rahim is a diabetic and unable to walk without help and was shattered after hearing about it.”The family member further said, “The authorities at the toll plaza are responsible for this accident as they neither barricaded the area after the first accident nor stopped traffic at the bridge…”, and added, “Many of the e-challans are for no-parking as there is a parking issue in our area.”When The Indian Express approached Irfan’s younger brother Asif, who owns the car involved in the accident, he expressed remorse over the incident. “We felt very bad about the incident. Our deepest condolences are with the family members of the deceased. This is the first time anyone from our family has been involved in such an accident.”One of the family’s tenants who runs a shop on the ground floor of their residential building said, “I have rented their property for the last 25 years. The news of the accident came as a shock to us. It’s been reported that he may be under the influence of alcohol but I have never seen him drunk. He has a good reputation here and I have never seen him involved in any controversy.”

Bandra-Worli Sea Link accident: Accused is landlord, builder; 52 traffic violations on car, including nine for over-speeding
Gujarat: Vande Bharat runs into cattle for second consecutive day
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

On a day Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said “collision with cattle on tracks is unavoidable”, the Vande Bharat Express met with a cattle collision for the second consecutive day en route to Mumbai.At around 4 pm Friday, the Vande Bharat Express collided with a cow at the Kanjari Boriyavi station in Kheda district of Gujarat. On Thursday, the train collided with four buffaloes at Vatva near Ahmedabad on its way to Gandhinagar. Railway officials confirmed that the train, which had been left with a damaged nose for the second consecutive day, will undergo repair on arriving in Mumbai shortly after 8 pm Friday evening.According to railway officials, the train was running on time despite the damaged nose, which had only been repaired Thursday evening after it reached Mumbai following a collision with buffaloes the same day. Railway officials said the cow that collided with the train Friday died but no human casualty was reported.Notably, the accident comes on a day Vaishnaw was in Anand district – just a few kilometres from Friday’s accident spot. When asked about Thursday’s accident, Vaishnaw said the train had been designed to withstand “unavoidable” collisions with bovines.He said, “The train is sturdy and designed to withstand accidents… In India, railway tracks are on (accessible) grounds, and everywhere, cattle cross railway tracks. It is not possible to stop them. Only when we elevate tracks in the next few years, will we be able to prevent collisions with cattle. Until then, it is unavoidable when trains are running at high speeds of 120, 130, or 160 kmph…”Vaishnaw further added that the collisions with Vande Bharat train will not result in casualty. He said, “The train has been designed thoughtfully to be strong, keeping in mind that it can be mended immediately in case of an accident… As soon as it reached Mumbai (on Thursday after Vatva-Gandhinagar), it was cleaned and its nose was replaced… The air spring of the train is a shock absorber and one cannot hear any noise inside it. The next version of Vande Bharat will run at a speed of 200kmph.”Vaishnaw, who was interacting with students at the engineering college in Vallabh Vidyanagar after inaugurating the newly reconstructed Anand railway station, said that it was the “vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi by which 199 railway stations across the country were to undergo redevelopment in the near future”.The minister also described to the students the ride that the prime minister took during the inaugural run of Vande Bharat train. He said, “Modiji travelled for 40 km on the train and he spoke to the technicians and welders… They wanted pictures with him and he obliged eight or nine times, standing without support on the train even when it was running at high speed. This is because one cannot feel vibrations inside the train… The noise decibels are low. This is because it is a world-class train.”

Gujarat: Vande Bharat runs into cattle for second consecutive day
  • Vande Bharat Express hits cow; second such incident in two days
  • The Indian Express

    The Gandhinagar-Mumbai Vande Bharat Express hit a cow near Anand station in Gujarat on Friday, resulting in minor damage to the train’s nose panel, an official said.A day before, the newly-launched semi-high speed train had hit four buffaloes and its nose cone had to be replaced.The railway official said the train did not sustain major damage in the latest incident except a small dent on the nose cone panel.The incident on Friday took place at 3.48 pm near Anand, about 432 km from Mumbai.“The train’s front portion has suffered a small dent,” confirmed Sumit Thakur, chief public relations officer of Western Railway, adding that all the passengers were safe.

  • Gujarat: FIR against owners of buffaloes hit by Vande Bharat express; train’s damaged nose cover replaced
  • The Indian Express

    The Railway Protection Force (RPF) in Gujarat has registered a case against the owners of buffaloes that were hit by the Mumbai-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat express, in which the front portion of the train was damaged, officials said on Friday.The nose cone cover of the driver coach of the semi-high speed train, which got damaged after hitting the buffaloes, was replaced with a new one in Mumbai, the Western Railway (WR) said in a statement.The newly-launched Mumbai Central-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat train had hit the herd of buffaloes around 11.15 am on Thursday near Ahmedabad, when the train was on its way to Gandhinagar. Four buffaloes were killed in the incident, the officials said.“The RPF has lodged a first information report (FIR) against the unidentified owners of the buffaloes that came in the way of Vande Bharat train between Vatva and Maninagar railway stations in Ahmedabad,” WR’s senior spokesperson (Ahmedabad division) Jitendra Kumar Jayant said.RPF inspector Pradeep Sharma posted at Vatva railway station said the FIR was filed under section 147 of the Railways Act, 1989, which deals with unauthorised entry into any part of a railway and misuse of its property.“The FIR was registered on Thursday evening in connection with the incident in which four buffaloes were killed,” he said.The railway police have not yet been able to identify the owners of the buffaloes so far and efforts are on to do so, he said.The incident had occurred in Punitnagar area near Vatva railway station on the outskirts of Ahmedabad city, Sharma added.The train’s damaged nose cone cover made up of FRP (fibre-reinforced plastic) was replaced with a new one in Mumbai, the WR said in a statement.“The nose cone cover of the train’s driver coach along with its mounting brackets was damaged in the cattle-hit incident. However, the vital parts of the train remained unaffected. The damaged nose cone was replaced at the Coach Care Centre in Mumbai Central,” WR’s chief public relations officer Sumit Thakur said.After the incident on Thursday, the train had covered the distance to Gandhinagar Capital station and back to Mumbai Central without the nose cover panel as there was no damage to it train’s vital parts, he said.“The nose cover is designed to absorb the impact without transmitting the same to the functional parts of the train. Therefore, it is sacrificial by design and hence replaceable,” Thakur added.Railway keeps sufficient nose-cones as spare, he said.“The damaged nose cone was replaced in no time and the train was put back to service without any extra down time. The train departed from Mumbai today without any inconvenience to the passengers,” he said.According to the official, the Western Railway is taking all necessary measures to prevent such incidents in future.The indigenously designed and manufactured semi-high speed train, the third service under the Vande Bharat series, was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 30 from Gandhinagar Capital and it started the commercial run from the next day.

  • Mumbai: Damaged after hitting buffaloes, Vande Bharat train’s nose-cone cover replaced
  • The Indian Express

    The recently launched Vande Bharat train that was damaged after it hit a herd of buffaloes on Gujarat rail tracks was put back into service Friday, said the Western Railway. The train that runs between Mumbai Central and Gandhinagar was repaired at Mumbai Central Railway carshed.The front portion of the driver’s cabin of Vande Bharat got damaged Thursday morning after a herd of four buffaloes strayed onto the railway tracks between Vatva and Maninagar stations as the speeding train from Mumbai was proceeding to Gandhinagar.Though the train was detained for 10 minutes at the site, it reached Gandhinagar on time. Vital parts of the train remained unaffected by the impact, said the Western Railway on Friday.“On this hit with the cattle, the nose-cone cover of the front coach i.e. driver coach was damaged with its mounting brackets. The nose cover is designed to absorb the impact without transmitting the same to the functional parts of the train. Therefore, it is sacrificial by design and hence replaceable. The Railways keeps sufficient nose-cones as spare. It was replaced with a new one in Mumbai Central depot in no time during the maintenance and the train was put back to service without any extra downtime,” the statement said.After fixing the damaged portion, the train departed from Mumbai Friday without causing any inconvenience to the passengers. Meanwhile, the Western Railway ensured that it is taking all action to prevent such incidents in the future.

  • Semi-High Speed Train, Damaged After Cattle Hit, Repaired Within 24 Hours
  • Ndtv

    Vande Bharat Express:The front of the train, damaged after hitting cattle, is now repaired.Mumbai: The front portion of the Mumbai-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat Express train, which was damaged after hitting some buffaloes in Gujarat, has been replaced by the railway authorities, an official said today. The Vande Bharat train was repaired within 24 hours of the incident.The nose of the newly-launched Mumbai Central-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat Express train had suffered damage after it hit a herd of buffaloes around 11:15 am on Thursday near Ahmedabad, when the train was on its way to Gandhinagar."The nose cone cover of the train's driver coach along with its mounting brackets was damaged in the cattle-hit incident. However, the vital parts of the train remained unaffected. The damaged nose cone was replaced at the Coach Care Centre in Mumbai Central," Sumit Thakur, chief public relations officer of the Western Railway said.The nose cone was made up of FRP (fibre-reinforced plastic).The incident had occurred between Vatva and Maninagar areas of Ahmedabad, but the train had covered the distance to Gandhinagar Capital station and back to Mumbai Central without the panel on Thursday."The nose cover is designed to absorb the impact without transmitting the same to the functional parts of the train. Therefore, it is sacrificial by design and hence replaceable," Thakur said.He said that a sufficient quantity of nose cones is kept as a spare."The damaged nose cone was replaced with a new one at the Mumbai Central depot in no time during the maintenance and the train was put back to service without any extra down time. The train departed from Mumbai today without any inconvenience to the passengers," he added.The Western Railway is taking all necessary action to prevent such incidents in future, he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe indigenously designed and manufactured semi-high speed train, the third service under the Vande Bharat series, was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 30 from Gandhinagar Capital and it started the commercial run from the next day. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

  • Buffalo Owners Charged After Cattle Hit Damages Train In Gujarat
  • Ndtv

    The damaged nose cone cover of the Vande Bharat train was replaced.Mumbai/Ahmedabad: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) in Gujarat has registered a case against the owners of buffaloes that were hit by the Mumbai-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat express, in which the front portion of the train was damaged, officials said on Friday.The nose cone cover of the driver coach of the semi-high speed train, which got damaged after hitting the buffaloes, was replaced with a new one in Mumbai, the Western Railway (WR) said in a statement.The newly-launched Mumbai Central-Gandhinagar Vande Bharat train had hit the herd of buffaloes around 11.15 am on Thursday near Ahmedabad, when the train was on its way to Gandhinagar. Four buffaloes were killed in the incident, the officials said."The RPF has lodged a first information report (FIR) against the unidentified owners of the buffaloes that came in the way of Vande Bharat train between Vatva and Maninagar railway stations in Ahmedabad," WR's senior spokesperson (Ahmedabad division) Jitendra Kumar Jayant said.RPF inspector Pradeep Sharma posted at Vatva railway station said the FIR was filed under section 147 of the Railways Act, 1989, which deals with unauthorised entry into any part of a railway and misuse of its property."The FIR was registered on Thursday evening in connection with the incident in which four buffaloes were killed," he said. The railway police have not yet been able to identify the owners of the buffaloes so far and efforts are on to do so, he said.The incident had occurred in Punitnagar area near Vatva railway station on the outskirts of Ahmedabad city, Mr Sharma added.The train's damaged nose cone cover made up of FRP (fibre-reinforced plastic) was replaced with a new one in Mumbai, the WR said in a statement."The nose cone cover of the train's driver coach along with its mounting brackets was damaged in the cattle-hit incident. However, the vital parts of the train remained unaffected. The damaged nose cone was replaced at the Coach Care Centre in Mumbai Central," WR's chief public relations officer Sumit Thakur said.After the incident on Thursday, the train had covered the distance to Gandhinagar Capital station and back to Mumbai Central without the nose cover panel as there was no damage to it train's vital parts, he said."The nose cover is designed to absorb the impact without transmitting the same to the functional parts of the train. Therefore, it is sacrificial by design and hence replaceable," Mr Thakur added.Railway keeps sufficient nose-cones as spare, he said."The damaged nose cone was replaced in no time and the train was put back to service without any extra down time. The train departed from Mumbai today without any inconvenience to the passengers," he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comAccording to the official, the Western Railway is taking all necessary measures to prevent such incidents in future. The indigenously designed and manufactured semi-high speed train, the third service under the Vande Bharat series, was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 30 from Gandhinagar Capital and it started the commercial run from the next day.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Cow on road: To err fatally is human, so forgive bovine
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court wants the cattle menace off the roads but a Kheda man has taken the high road by blaming himself for his pillion rider's death after a running cow made their bike swerve. Rahul Vanjhara, 23, filed an FIR against himself with Kheda town police on Saturday. The man who perished was his cousin, Hasmukh Vanjhara, 37. Both belong to Vanjharavaas in Kheda town. According to the FIR, the two had gone to their workplace near Para Darwaza in Kheda town on Saturday afternoon. Later, the two headed off to a nearby market to have tea. Rahul drove his motorcycle and Hasmukh rode pillion. "I was driving at full speed in a negligent manner. Near a sharp turn, a cow suddenly came running towards me," Rahul's FIR states. "I lost control of my vehicle in a bid to save the cow. I fell on the bushes near the road and sustained injuries." The FIR adds: "My cousin fell on the road and suffered severe injuries to his head." Rahul said that Hasmukh stood up for a couple of seconds and then collapsed, receiving more injuries. "I called the 108 ambulance service and the paramedics who arrived on the scene declared Hasmukh dead," the FIR says. 'How can cow be held responsible' A medico-legal case was filed and a team of Kheda town police inspected the accident spot. "I told the cops that the cow had escaped after the bike crashed," Rahul told TOI. "The cattle owner was at fault in letting the animal roam free. But how can the cow or its owner be legally held responsible for the accident?" He added: "I was driving the vehicle, so it was my negligence which led to my cousin's death. Therefore, I filed a complaint against myself." Police have named the deceased as the sole witness and have registered a case of causing death by negligent and rash driving against Rahul.

Cow on road: To err fatally is human, so forgive bovine
Delhi among places where state govts don’t do anything for occupational safety: Yadav
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

In an apparent reference to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi, Union Minister for Labour and Employment Bhupendra Yadav on Monday said that a few states were not doing any work with regard to occupational safety.“A lot of good work is being done with regard to occupational safety code in a number of states. Even Gujarat is doing a lot of work with regard to occupational safety. But I am sad to say that no work is being done with regard to occupational safety in some states,” said Yadav who accompanied Union Home Minister Amit Shah to lay the foundation stone of a 350-bed ESIC hospital at Sanand GIDC.“I live in Delhi, which has a state government. In the past five months, 35 accidents happened and workers died. Only ESIC has worked for the welfare of workers,” he said without naming the AAP government. Yadav was, however, silent regarding the recent industrial accidents and mortality in Gujarat.Speaking about the proposed Rs 500-crore hospital, Yadav said the upcoming hospital will be expanded to 500 beds later. “This hospital will be one of the most modern ones in the country and all the medical services will be provided not just to workers, but even to people living in this region,” he said thanking the Gujarat government for providing 9.5 acres of land for the project.He also invited designs from architect schools in Gujarat for the proposed ESIC hospital at Sanand. “The first five designs selected will be given prizes between Rs 1 lakh to Rs 25,000. This is to get the best design for the hospital,” Yadav added.Speaking at the event, Amit Shah thanked Yadav for the proposed hospital in his Lok Sabha constituency. Shah represents Gandhinagar constituency that extends up to the automotive hub of Sanand.“This hospital will have an OPD, X-ray and radiology departments, pathology laboratory, operation theatres, ICU and ultra sound facilities… The services will be such that nobody will have to travel to Ahmedabad city for accessing medical facilities,” Shah said addressing a gathering of workers.Earlier in the day, Shah opened a flyover on the SP Ring Road and a primary health care centre and Deendayal Milan Kendra at Virochannagar in Sanand taluka of Ahmedabad district.

Delhi among places where state govts don’t do anything for occupational safety: Yadav
  • ‘Few states not doing any work on occupational safety’: Union Labour Minister Bhupender Yadav targets Delhi govt
  • The Indian Express

    Union Labour and Employment Minister Bhupender Yadav said in Gujarat Monday that a few states were not doing any work concerning occupational safety in an indirect attack on the Delhi government.“A lot of good work is being done by several states on the occupational safety code. Even Gujarat is doing a lot of work with regard to occupational safety. But I am sad to say that no work is being done concerning occupational safety in some states,” said Yadav, who accompanied Union Home Minister Amit Shah to lay the foundation stone of a 350-bed Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) hospital at Sanand Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC).“I live in Delhi which has a state government. I have seen that in the last five months, 35 accidents happened and workers died. Only ESIC has worked for the welfare of workers,” he said without naming the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government. Yadav was, however, silent about the recent industrial accidents and deaths in Gujarat.Speaking about the proposed Rs 500-crore hospital, Yadav said it would be expanded to have 500 beds later. This hospital will be one of the most modern ones in the country and all the medical services will be provided, not just to workers, but even to people living in this region,” he said, thanking the Gujarat government for providing 9.5 acres of land for the project.He also invited designs from architect schools in Gujarat for the proposed hospital at Sanand. “The first five designs selected will be given prizes between Rs 1 lakh to Rs 25,000. This is to get the best design for the hospital,” Yadav added.Amit Shah thanked Yadav for the proposed hospital, which comes under his Gandhinagar constituency. “This hospital will have OPD, X-Ray and radiology departments, pathology laboratory, operation theatres, ICU and ultrasound facilities… The services will be such that nobody will have to travel to Ahmedabad city from Sanand for accessing medical facilities,” Shah said addressing a gathering of workers who had come from in and around Sanand.Earlier in the day, Shah opened a flyover on the SP Ring Road, a primary health care centre and Deendayal Milan Kendra at Virochannagar in the Sanand taluka of Ahmedabad district.

Sudden narrowing of lanes, no signboards: Palghar cops flag warning signals to NHAI
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

IN ITS preliminary investigation report on the September 4 accident that killed Cyrus Mistry, former Chairman, Tata Sons, and Jehangir Pandole, Director, Global Strategy Group, in KPMG’s London office, the Kasa Police Station, Palghar district, has pointed out several lacunae in the National Highway 48 stretch such as sudden conversion of three lanes into two lanes, absence of signboards to alert drivers, and lack of yellow blinkers on the road dividers and the bridge.A letter dated September 6 to National Highway Authority of India’s Director in Bharuch, Gujarat, from the Kasa Police Station Deputy Superintendent of Police Prashant Pardeshi, who is also the Investigating Officer of the accident, said: “At the place of accident on the Surya River Bridge, the highway going towards Mumbai from Gujarat suddenly converted into two lanes. There are three lanes before the bridge starts. The sudden conversion of two lanes from three lanes without any sign board leads to mistakes by the drivers driving from Gujarat to Mumbai.”A copy of the letter obtained by The Indian Express following an application to the Superintendent of Police, Palghar, under the Right to Information Act, said: “It is very necessary to install a signboard of lanes being converted into two lanes from three lanes. A lane drop signboard needs to be installed. A road diversion sign board is necessary before 500 m of bridge.”The letter to NHAI sent following the Kasa Police Station’s investigation listed out a series of suggestions including widening the two-lane highway stretch to three-lane, placing yellow/ black colouring strips on the road divider and regulating the speed of vehicle at around 60 kmph with a speed signboard placed before the Charoti bridge. “It is also necessary to minimise the road diversion curve sharpness as far as feasible,” it said.The accident site comes under the jurisdiction of the Kasa Police Station in Palghar district. Both Mistry and Jehangir Pandole were seated at the back of the Mercedes car when it veered out of control, hit a road divider, and smashed into a wall on Charoti bridge over Surya river around 3.15 pm on September 4. Leading gynaecologist in Mumbai Dr Anahita Pandole, who was driving the car, and Darius Pandole (brother of Jehangir), seated next to her, suffered serious injuries in the accident, and are recovering now.Among the other lacunae, Pardeshi pointed out that the divider has no reflective yellow/ black colour strips to alert the drivers about the divider and the bridge. “Since the three-lane highway gets merged into two lanes, the speed of the vehicle leads to accidents,” he wrote in his letter.When asked about the letter sent by the Kasa Police Station, Suraj Singh, Project Director of NH 48, NHAI said: “We have received the letter from Kasa police and sent it to our engineering authority. They will examine it. Whatever needs to be done, will be done as a part of short-term and long-term measures.”Sources in Palghar police had earlier said that carmaker Mercedes had undertaken an investigation and found that the car was running at 89 km per hour at time of impact and that the driver had applied brakes five seconds ahead of the impact.

Sudden narrowing of lanes, no signboards: Palghar cops flag warning signals to NHAI
8 Years After Marriage, Wife Finds Out Husband Used To Be A Woman
Ndtv | 2 months ago | |
Ndtv
2 months ago | |

They were formally married in 2014 and went to Kashmir for their honeymoon. (Representational)New Delhi: A 40-year-old woman from Gujarat's Vadodara was shocked to find that her husband, to whom she had been married for 8 years, used to be a woman and had undergone a gender-reassignment surgery.In the first information report (FIR) filed in the Gotri police station, Sheetal accused Viraj Vardhan (earlier Vijayta) of "unnatural sex" and cheating. She also named his family members in the FIR.According to The Times Of India, Sheetal told the police that she met Viraj Vardhan through a matrimonial website nine years ago. Her former husband died in a road accident, leaving her with her daughter who was 14-years-old at the time.They were formally married in 2014 in the presence of family members and even went to Kashmir for their honeymoon. "However, the man didn't consummate the marriage and kept giving excuses for many days. When she pressured him, he claimed that an accident that he had suffered while in Russia some years ago rendered him incapable of having sex," said the police as reported by the newspaper.The accused reassured the woman that he would make a full-recovery post a minor surgery.In January 2020, he told her that he wanted to have surgery for obesity. However, he later revealed that he had undergone a gender reassignment surgery while he was away.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comHe allegedly began to have "unnatural sex" with the woman and threatened her that she would face terrible consequences if she revealed the truth to anyone, reported India Today.The accused, who is a resident of Delhi, has been brought to Vadodara, said Gotri police inspector, MK Gurjar.

8 Years After Marriage, Wife Finds Out Husband Used To Be A Woman
Cyrus Mistry car crash: Anahita Pandole operated for pelvic reconstruction, husband Darius stable
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

Renowned gynaecologist Dr Anahita Pandole was operated on Thursday for pelvic reconstruction at Mumbai’s Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, after she and her husband Darius Pandole were grievously injured in a car crash on September 4 that killed former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry and KPMG’s Jehangir Pandole.Meanwhile, Darius Pandole is stable and under observation.Dr Tarang Gianchandani, CEO, Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital said Anahita was operated on by a team of experts, and a opinions were also taken from doctors from USA, UK, Europe and more. “Our team that conducted the surgery includes D. Vaibhav Bagaria, Director, Department of Orthopaedics, Dr Dilip Tanna, Mentor Orthopedics, Dr Darius Soonawala, Consultant Orthopedics and senior anesthetist Dr. Daisy along with trained nurses and technicians,” said Dr Gianchandani.Additionally, Dr Peter V Giannoudis, chairman with Academic Department of Trauma & Orthopedics Surgery at University of Leeds, UK, has been flown in to Mumbai for providing the team with expert advice.Gianchandani further said, “With team of 20 plus multi-disciplinary experts, we have been monitoring the condition of Dr Anahita closely for the last 11 days before planning any surgical intervention. Pelvic surgery was concluded today morning with precise techniques, clinical skills and modern technologies. This will enable to achieve the recovery of the injuries caused post the traumatic accident.”Anahita and Darius have been admitted in the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital after being shifted from Rainbow Hospital in Gujarat’s Vapi through a green corridor on September 5. National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) project director Suraj Singh had told The Indian Express that the accident on NH-48, which injured the Pandoles and claimed the lives of Mistry and Jehangir, occurred as the doctor could not manoeuvre a turn on the highway.

Cyrus Mistry car crash: Anahita Pandole operated for pelvic reconstruction, husband Darius stable
MLA writes to Maharashtra minister for a well-equipped hospital on Maharashtra- Ahmedabad national highway
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

Following the death of entrepreneur and former Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry in a car crash on Mumbai-Ahmedabad national highway in Maharashtra’s Palghar district four days ago, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) president and Vasai MLA Hitendra Thakur wrote to Maharashtra Health Minister Dr Tanaji Sawant Wednesday requesting the government to set up a 200-bed hospital with state-of-the-art facilities in Palghar.Thakur, who was also accompanied by Nallasopara MLA Kshitij Thakur and Boisar MLA Rajesh Patil, also gave a copy of the letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde during his visit to his official residence Wednesday.Cyrus Mistry’s car accident on Sunday at Kasa has brought to fore many issues, including the dearth of adequate healthcare facilities on national highways and overall road infrastructure and design.“There is no hospital near the highway within the 30-km stretch of Vasai taluka on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route. If an accident occurs on such a long highway, it is often difficult to provide immediate medical help. This was also noticed during Mistry’s accident,” Thakur said in the letter.When the accident occurred at Palghar, about 100 kilometres from Mumbai, renowned gynaecologist Dr Anahita Pandole and her husband who were also travelling with Mistry from Ahmedabad had to be rushed to a multi-specialty hospital almost 100 kilometres away at Vapi in Gujarat.Thakur had earlier brought to the attention of the administration regarding the lack of hospitals along the stretch. The Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway passes through the tribal talukas of Talasari, Vikramgad, Wada, Jawhar, Mokhada and Dahanu where there are no proper healthcare facilities.The absence of a proper super-specialty hospital or trauma care centre within the 30-km stretch of Vasai taluka near Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway has left the public with no other option but to take the accident victims to Mumbai that require a journey of more than an hour, and many patients lose their lives in the transit.

MLA writes to Maharashtra minister for a well-equipped hospital on Maharashtra- Ahmedabad national highway
Cyrus Mistry cremated in Mumbai; Simone Tata, Anil Ambani attend funeral
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

Former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry was cremated at the Worli crematorium in Central Mumbai on Tuesday. Mistry was killed in a high-speed car crash on National Highway 48 in Maharashtra’s Palghar district on Sunday afternoon. He was returning from a visit to Udvada in south Gujarat, which is the holiest place for people following the Zoroastrian faith.The funeral in Mumbai was attended by members of the closely knit Parsi community, some business leaders, and politicians. Among those spotted at the funeral was industry doyen Ratan Tata’s stepmother Simone Tata, industrialist Anil Ambani, and politician Ganesh Naik. However, no other senior official from the Tata Group attended the funeral.Others at the funeral were Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) Lok Sabha MP Supriya Sule, former Union minister Milind Deora, film producer Ronnie Screwvala, HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh, Mukesh Ambani’s son Akash Ambani, Mahanaryaman Scindia (son of Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia) and senior lawyer Aabad Ponda.Apart from Mistry’s family members and friends, hundreds of employees of his Shapoorji Pallonji Group attended the funeral, including several people who had come from abroad.A family priest performed the ritualistic prayers as per Parsi tradition before the last rites were held at a pre-decided time, as per those who attended the funeral. A pandal was specially erected for the last rites at the crematorium, started by a few progressive people in the Parsi community in 2015 as an alternative to the old practice of leaving the body in the Tower of Silence.When the accident happened, Mistry was seated in the backseat of a Mercedes with his friend Jehangir Pandole, who also died. Gynaecologist Anahita Pandole, who was driving the car, and her husband Darius Pandole were seriously injured and are undergoing treatment. Mistry’s mortal remains, decorated with white flowers, were brought from the state-run J J Hospital to the crematorium earlier in the morning.Meanwhile, a medical officer from the J J Hospital today said that Cyrus Mistry and his friend Jahangir Pandole had received multiple injuries and “blunt thorax trauma” in the car accident. The injuries also included vein ruptures causing internal bleeding. The primary investigations suggested that the luxury car was speeding during the time of the accident. Mistry is survived by his wife and two sons.Mistry, son of Pallonji Mistry, the owner of Shapoorji Pallonji group and the biggest stakeholder in the Tata group, was appointed the sixth Chairman of Tata Sons in 2012. He was the chairman of Tata Group from 2012 to 2016. However, Mistry, the second person outside the Tata family to head the Tata group, was ousted as chairman on October 24, 2016, and was also removed subsequently as a director on the board of the holding company on February 6, 2017.(With PTI inputs)

Cyrus Mistry cremated in Mumbai; Simone Tata, Anil Ambani attend funeral