Turbhe residents march to police station after electrocution death
The NMMC standing committee has asked the administration to revive the crematorium vision of former municipal commissioner Vijay Nahata.
On Wednesday, it approved a Rs86.24 lakh project for the repair and beautification of the crematorium at sector 5 in Sanpada. Standing committee chairman Shivram Patil, “Seven years ago, the then municipal commissioner Vijay Nahata had embarked on crematorium vision programme which had yielded excellent results improving conditions at the 20-odd crematoriums in the city.”
He added, “The administration should take up the work in a comprehensive manner so that all crematoriums are covered by it. There is an urgent need for another crematorium vision programme.”
Additional municipal commissioner Ankush Chavan said: “For Diwale and Digha crematoriums, the estimates will be ready in 15 days. We have to make budgetary provision by June 30 and we will ensure that adequate provisions are made for to improve all crematoriums.” A downpour on Tuesday evening dipped temperatures, giving Kopar Khairane residents respite from the humid weather.
Hundreds of residents of Indira Nagar area in Turbhe, mostly women, took out a rally to Turbhe MIDC police station on Wednesday, demanding action against MSEDCL officials.
They were demanding arrest of MSEDCL officials for negligence following the death of Bharat Khandale, 55, who was electrocuted in Indiranagar area of Turbhe on Tuesday. The residents threatened not to take the body if action was not taken. They dispersed after the police assured them of investigation into the incident.
Ganesh Khandale, the deceased’s son, said: “Around 11am, my father went on the roof to put up a tarpaulin shed above the house. He was suddenly electrocuted by the electric cable overhead.”
Narmada Jagtap, a neighbour, said a criminal case should be filed against them and they should be suspended. “No official comes to check. There have been previous such incidents, but MSEDCL does not care as it is a slum area. There are several open electric wires and high-tension cables in the area,” she said.
Another resident Ravi Navagde said, “There have been four serious incidents in the recent past and we have repeatedly gone to MSEDCL with our complaints. One was paralysed and another lost his life.”
The electricity cables are low and close to houses. “They should either be put up higher or made underground. The family should get justice and the area residents should get security,” said Navagde.
Assistant commissioner of police Dhanraj Daima said: “We have taken serious note of the incident. A case of accidental death has been registered. We will personally inspect the area and find if there is negligence.”
He added, “The allegation by the family and residents against MSEDCL officials will be investigated and if any case of negligence is found, action will be taken. The government electrical inspectors too will verify the charges.”
He said, “We have asked the family to take the body after the post-mortem formalities are completed. We have assured them of thorough investigation into the case.”