Dehradun, July 1: The Uttarakhand government has announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the families of the deceased and Magisterial inquiry has been ordered in an accident after a bus fell down a gorge in Uttarakhand’s Pauri-Garhwal district on Sunday in which 47 people lost their lives and 11 were injured.
“Compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the dead and treatment of the injured will be taken by the government. Appropriate compensation will also be given to the injured. Magisterial inquiry has been ordered,” Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat told .
According to the police, the accident took place at about 9 a.m., near the Queens Bridge on the Pipli-Bhaun road when the driver lost control of the 28-seater bus which was headed to Ramnagar from Bhaun.
While 45 of them died on the spot, the critically injured were rushed to the hospital. The accident happened on the Pipali-Bhoan motorway in Pauri Garhwal’s Nainidanda block.
The police and a team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are engaged in rescue operations.
The incident occurred near Gween village when the overloaded private bus fell into the 200-metre-deep gorge, Pauri Superintendent of Police Jagat Ram Joshi said.
Inspector General of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) Sanjay Gunjial has informed that a chopper has been rushed to airlift the remaining injured people.