On Saturday, a bus carrying at least 12 adolescents plunged into a gorge on the old Mumbai-Pune highway in Maharashtra’s Raigad district, resulting in at least 12 deaths and 27 injuries. The private vehicle conveying members of a traditional music ensemble was en route from Pune to Mumbai, according to the police.
The tragedy occurred at 4:50 a.m. within the jurisdiction of the Khopoli police station, where the bus plummeted into the gorge close to the Shingroba temple.
Eknath Shinde, the chief minister, is en route to Raigad to assess the accident situation. In addition, he will visit the injured patients admitted to the Khopoli Rural Hospital.
Announcement of Ex-Gratia; Inquiry Ordered
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde expressed regret over the bus accident on the old Mumbai-Pune highway and proclaimed a Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia payment to the deceased’s surviving family members.
He has announced that the government will pay for the treatment of the injured and has expressed condolences to the deceased and their families.
The government of Maharashtra has also mandated an investigation into the cause of the catastrophe.
This unfortunate incident occurred in the Raigad district of Khopoli. There were 41 commuters on the bus; 12 perished at the scene; the remaining passengers have been removed. The afflicted are receiving medical care. The government will provide financial aid to the deceased. “An investigation has been ordered to determine the cause of the accident,” said the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis.
All the deceased were between the ages of 18 and 25.
“The vehicle was transporting members of the ‘Baji Prabhu Vaadak Group’ from Goregaon in Mumbai. They were returning to Goregaon after participating in an event in the Pune district neighborhood of Pimpri Chinchwad. “The bus left the venue at approximately 1:00 a.m. on Saturday,” an official stated.
The disaster resulted in at least 12 fatalities and 27 injuries, according to the police. The wounded were taken to Khopoli Rural Hospital.
Raigad Superintendent of Police (SP) Somnath Gharge stated that the deceased and the injured were from Sion, Goregaon, and Virar in the neighboring Palghar district.
Supplemental SP Atul Zende stated that the deceased and injured were between the ages of 18 and 25.
A team of local police officers and a group of trekkers are currently engaged in the rescue operation, according to police.
Khopoli is located approximately 70 kilometers from Mumbai.