Bus Carrying 31 Falls Into Gorge in Maharashtra’s Raigad, 30 Dead
A private bus carrying 31 people fell 400 feet into a gorge in Maharashtra’s Raigad district on Saturday, 28 July.
Only one person survived the fall. A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team from Pune finished an almost 24-hour-long rescue operation on 29 July that recovered 30 bodies from the wreckage.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of the deceased in the accident.
“Victims were employees of Agricultural University, going on a picnic. We'll provide help to kin of deceased, but will also take steps to ensure such incidents don't take place in future,” Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said.
The Maharashtra government on 29 July announced it would provide jobs to one dependent from the victims’ families, ANI reports. The Shiv Sena has also pledged Rs 1 lakh to each family.
Guardian minister of Raigad Ravindra Chavan said that the bus fell into a 500-feet gorge due to driver error.
“The bus fell in a 500-feet gorge due to fault of the driver. Only one passenger has survived. We are trying to recover the bodies,” Chavan told ANI on 28 July.
The bus belonged to Dapoli Krushi Vidyapeeth, an agricultural university.
Its passengers were travelling to Mahabaleshwar from Ratnagiri in Maharashtra for a picnic.
Raigad police officials said that several rescue teams of policemen from Poladpur police station and Mahabaleshwar rushed to the spot.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to offer his condolences to the victims’ families.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi also appealed to his party workers to provide assistance to those affected, saying:
President Ram Nath Kovind also offered his “thoughts and prayers”.