Uttarakhand: 13 killed, two rescued in road accident in Chakrata, PM Modi announces ex-gratia

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Updated: October 31, 2021 3:01 PM

At least 11 people were killed while four others injured in a road accident that took place at Bulhad-Baila road in Chakrata tehsil of Dehradun district on Sunday.

At least 11 people were killed while four others injured in a road accident that took place at Bulhad-Baila road in Chakrata tehsil of Dehradun district on Sunday.

At least 11 people were killed while four others injured in a road accident that took place at Bulhad-Baila road in Chakrata tehsil of Dehradun district on Sunday, reported news agency ANI. The police and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams are present at the spot and a rescue operation is underway.

“We had received info that the vehicle rolled down a gorge. 13 deaths confirmed so far, 2 rescued. Teams are at spot. We’re making postmortem facility available at the spot. CM sent message that compensation will be given to injured&kins of deceased,” said Dr R Rajesh Kumar, Dehradun DM.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to those injured in the accident. “An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the tragic accident in Chakrata, Uttarakhand. The injured would be given Rs 50,000 each,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami condoled the demise of people in the road accident. He has also asked the District Administration to make the relief and rescue operation quick and provide immediate medical aid to the injured.

According to a statement issued by the SDRF, the incident took place on the Tyudi road under the Chakrata area. The utility bus was going from Baila village of Bharam Khat to Vikasnagar in Chakrata.

As per initial information, it appears that the driver of the bus lost control and the vehicle fell into a 300-meter deep gorge at the Bulhad-Baila road.

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