Sidhi bus accident: Chouhan says guilty will be punished

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Bhopal, Feb 18 (PTI) A day after suspending four officials in the wake of the Sidhi bus accident, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday said those responsible for the tragedy, which claimed 51 lives, will be punished.

Chouhan on Wednesday night suspended the Regional Transport Officer (RTO) of Sidhi district and three officials of the MP Road Development Corporation (MPRDC).

'Those who have committed wrong will be punished, he told a high-level meeting here on his return after comforting the bereaved families in Sidhi.

The tragedy took place on Tuesday morning near Patna village, 80km from the Sidhi district headquarters, when a Satna-bound private bus packed with passengers skidded off the road and fell into a canal.

Chouhan said the road (which the ill-fated bus did not take due to its poor condition and frequent traffic jams) should be repaired at the earliest.

The CM said an alternate road should be readied at the earliest to ease traffic on the route.

A drive should be undertaken to check fitness certificates of buses and stop them from carrying more passengers than the mandated capacity, he said.

Chouhan instructed officials to start a survey to identify accident-prone pathways and focus on improving roads which are in bad condition and those passing through difficult terrain.

Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains, Director General of Police Vivek Johri, Water Resources Departments Additional Chief Secretary SN Mishra and Public Works Departments Principal Secretary Neeraj Mandloi, among others, attended the meeting. PTI LAL RSY RSY