NIO Desk, July 18
Maharashtra government bus fell into the Narmada River in Madhya Pradesh today, reportedly killing thirteen people. While 15 people have been rescued from the spot till now.
The bus, which was going from Indore to Maharashtra , broke the railing off a bridge in the Khalghat area of Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar district on the Agra-Mumbai Highway, while skidding off a slippery road before plunging into a river.
“The district administration team is present at the site of accident. The bus has been taken out. I am in constant touch with Khargone, Dhar district administration. Instructions have been given to make arrangements for proper treatment of the injured,” Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said in a tweet, while expressing grief over the loss of lives in the accident.
Brake or steering failure may have caused the accident, said the Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra, though the cause is still unknown.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to the bus tragedy in Dhar, Madhya Pradesh. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000.
The Prime Minister’s Office tweeted;
“An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to the bus tragedy in Dhar, Madhya Pradesh. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000: PM”, he tweeted.
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