Nine labourers were killed in a mishap at a tunnel construction site, after the elevator box carrying them collapsed. The accident took place because a cable snapped, at the construction site of the underground tunnel linking Neera and Bhima rivers in Akole village, in Indapur taluka of Pune district.
There were about 300 labourers at the work site.
According to Bhigwan police station, that falls under the jurisdiction of Pune rural police, the incident took place at around 6 pm yesterday. The bodies of the deceased were taken out by the fellow workers with the help of the villagers.
Police Inspector Neelkanth Rathod, in-charge of the Bhigwan police station said, “The elevator box fell down about 100 feet after the cable snapped. After getting information, we rushed to the spot and also alerted other agencies.”
According to officials, work has been going on in full swing for the past two months. There are two deep wells through which workers go down and come up. These are also used to remove mud and stones while digging the tunnel.
The incident took place when the workers were coming up, after the day’s work. The cable holding the elevator snapped and it will fell down at high speed resulting in deaths of all the 9 workers on the spot.
The deceased have been identified as Mukesh Kumar Maurya (26), Surendra Bachchan Yadav (25), from Uttar Pradesh, supervisor Sambige Naidu (38), Avinash Sidha Reddy from Andhra Pradesh, Chhotu Gole, Mukesh Kumar, Rahul Sugriv Narute, Balram Savan and Sushant Pandhi.
The tunnel linking project aims to link rivers from water-rich areas of the district to those in the dry regions in Marathawada. A 24-kilometer long tunnel is being constructed, which will link the Neera river with Ujani Watershed Project on Bhima river. The plan is to lift the water further to dry areas.
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