Raigad, July 29: A total of twenty-five bodies have been recovered so far after a bus fell into a 500-feet deep gorge, killing more than 30 people near Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra’s Raigad district on Saturday.
The bus had rolled down a hill road in Ambenali Ghat, near Poladpur town, after the driver lost control while taking a turn. A team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been deployed to pull out the bodies from the ill-fated vehicle. Prakash Sawant-Desai, who is the lone survivor in the accident, said the driver turned back and before anyone could understand , the buss fell into the gorge..
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Congress President Rahul Gandhi condoled the death of 33 people. “Administration taking all efforts to provide required assistance,” Fadnavis said in a tweet. “Senior officials [and] emergency management systems in place.”
Gandhi appealed to Congress party workers in the area to provide assistance to the injured and the families of those who lost their lives.
The Maharashtra government has also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of those who died, while it said that state would bear the treatment costs of those injured in the accident.
“We’ll provide help to the kin of deceased, but will also take steps to ensure such incidents don’t take place in future,” Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis told reporters.