In a tragic incident, three members of a family got injured after a large iron beam fell down due to lack of safety measures in Metro rail works at Central Avenue in East Nagpur.
However, police have registered a case against the four officials of a private company for negligence. The Mahametro has also assured an inquiry and stringent action against culprits.
The victim 24-year-old, Ami Joshi along with her one-and-a-half-year-old daughter Mira and mother-in-law Sadhana were travelling to Gandhibagh on a two-wheeler. Ami was driving and Sadhana was sitting behind with the kid. At around noon, they crossed the Ambedkar square on Central Avenue and were heading towards Lakadganj square where suddenly an iron beam, weighing around 2 tonnes, tilted on the iron barricade of Metro Railworks. As they were crossing the road, some part of the iron beam and iron barricade fell on the two-wheeler.
The accident severely injured Ami while Sadhana and the kid ran away with minor injuries.
"Mahametro has blocked half part of CA. Trucks, heavy machines pass on the road. The works are carried out during daytime and in wee hours. Mud is spilt over the road all the time. The road should be blocked when work is going on. No intimation about works is given to public representatives. We have no idea as to whom to report in case of such emergencies," said former BJP corporator and relative of the victim Narendra Borkar in an interview to TOI.
Sadhana has lodged a complaint in Lakadganj police station.
According to a local resident Naresh Jumani, no one from the from Mahametro or its contractor turned up after the incident.
Even though the incident took place around noon Mahametro's quick response team reportedly reached after 3 pm.
Accepting the fault in safety general manager (Administration) Anil Kokate assured to bring out an inquiry followed by which stern action against responsible persons will be taken.
"ITD Cementation India Ltd is executing Reach-IV project from Prajapati Nagar to Sitabuldi. France-based general consultant AGIES is also responsible for safety. MD Brijesh Dixit directed stern action if is anyone found guilty in the case. Kumar (Mahametro director (project) Mahesh Kumar) and I have interacted with family members of those injured. Mahametro will take care of treatment of the injured. Safety drill and all types of measures will be taken at all sites to prevent such mishaps," he said.
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