Mother, son dead at B’luru Metro site: BMRCL declares Rs 20 lakh compensation, inquiry by IISc (Ld)
The BMRCL has issued notices to the contractor and engineers. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has been requested to investigate and report. An internal technical team will also investigate the matter, the official statement said on Tuesday.
“At 10:30am today, during the reinforcement work at Pier 218, which was being carried out with scaffolding and guy wires, one of the guy wires gave way, resulting in swinging and falling over the main carriageway of the KR Puram Hebbal,” the statement said. .
The BMRCL is deeply saddened by the unfortunate incident and stands by the distressed family, the company said.
The negligence of the BMRCL was flayed by the family of the deceased and the public.
The incident happened when the deceased was passing through the subway construction site. The deceased were 25-year-old Tejaswini and her two-and-a-half-year-old son Vihan. They traveled on a bicycle with her husband and another child.
The family of the victims has filed a complaint against the contractor and the Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC). DCP (East) Bheemashankar Guled has confirmed that the police have received the complaint. The experts will issue a report on the negligence, he said.
Additional commissioner Chandrashekar stated that it has been determined that there was a problem with the iron pillar and prima facie negligence at the construction site. The team of experts will inspect and verify, he said.
According to the police, Lohit Kumar, a civil engineer, was dropping his wife Tejaswini to her place of work on the grounds of the Manyata Tech Park and the two sons to a nursery. Lohit Kumar and the other son miraculously escaped with only minor injuries.
Tejaswini and Vihan suffered severe head injuries and succumbed to severe bleeding. Tejaswini was from Dharwad.
The deceased child’s grandfather stated that he received a call from Lohit but could not reach the place because the place was blocked. Later, going to the hospital, he learned about the death of one of the grandsons and his daughter-in-law.
“I am a retired government employee. The construction work is being handled in an unscientific manner. A minimum distance of 30 meters should have been maintained. The BMRCL has not taken any safety measures. The vehicles are allowed at a distance of five to three meters on the work sites. What if the iron pillar had fallen on a bus it would have resulted in the loss of lives of many,” he said. This is a tragic day, I can’t say anything, he added.
Prime Minister Basavaraj Bommai stated that he would get all information about the construction works from the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited. The police have launched further investigations.
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