Turbhe res­i­dents march to po­lice sta­tion af­ter elec­tro­cu­tion death

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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.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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