PM Narendra Modi today announced and ex gratia of 2 lakhs from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the next of kin of those killed in the bus accident in Uttarkashi. The Prime Minister has also announced Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured. My prayers and solidarity with those who lost their loved ones in the unfortunate bus accident, PMO India tweeted. May the injured recover soon, the Prime Minister said.
At least 22 pilgrims from Madhya Pradesh were killed when their bus fell into Bhagirathi river near Nalupani yesterday while returning from Gangotri shrine in the Himalayas. The mishap occurred at around 6 pm as the bus fell 300 metres down the road into the river, Uttarkashi District Magistrate Ashish Shrivastava was quoted as saying by PTI. Rescue efforts by the SDRF, the ITBP and police personnel under the supervision of senior officials are continuing in darkness. There were around 29 pilgrims, mostly from Indore, in the bus at the time of the accident, he said.
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On Chardham yatra since May 12, these pilgrims had already visited Yamunotri and Gangotri and were on way to Haridwar from where they had to go to Kedarnath, he said.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased. Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan experssed grief over the tragedy and issued instructions for immediate aid to the victims.
In the wake of the bus accident, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has instructed authorities to arrange a special train bogey to bring bodies to Madhya Pradesh on Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s request.
Chouhan yesterday announced an ex gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in Uttarkashi bus accident.
Earlier, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat also announced an ex gratia of Rs. 1 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed and Rs. 50,000 to the one injured in the accident.