Heavy rain combined with negligence claimed a life on Saturday when a 16-year old boy drowned in a pit dug at a construction site inside the Wadala Truck Terminal (WTT).
The deceased, identified as Jagannath Naik, was a resident of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) transit camps near the Monorail car depot at Wadala.
According to the Wadala TT police, Naik was playing cricket with his friends near the construction site around 3.40pm on Saturday when the incident took place.
“A few pits were dug for construction work at the site. Though there has been no activity for the last three months, the pit was not filled up. Following heavy rains the last three days, water had accumulated in the pit into which Naik fell,” said Jaydeep Gaikwad, assistant inspector at Wadala TT police station.
The Wadala TT police have registered a case of causing death due to negligence against the unidentified contractor.
According to the police, the land where the construction activities were going on belongs to the MMRDA. The MMRDA, however, ruled out reports of any connection with the land.
“The land belongs to Shramjivi Cooperative Society. The MMRDA has nothing to do with it.,” said MMRDA spokesperson Dilip Kawathkar.
There were reports that the pit where Naik drowned into was a part of the Monorail project. BMC ward officer for F/North NR Barde said: “There was a pit dug at the monorail project site, which was uncovered. The boy drowned in the pit.”
Traffic snarls, potholes on the rise
As heavy rainfall lashed some parts of the city on Saturday, there was significant rise in the incidences of tree falls, pothole complaints and short circuit in the city.
As many as 84 cases of tree fall have been reported in the city since June 14. The civic body’s online pothole tracking system has registered 261 pothole complaints till now, out of which only six have been filled.
Though the civic body denied any case of water-logging in the city, micro-blogging site Twitter was abuzz with commuters’ woes. Many commuters, who were caught in traffic snarls, posted updates about these spots which included the Khar, Santacruz and Andheri subways. Other spots that saw localised flooding are areas in Andheri, Mahim and Elphinstone Road.
Though railway authorities claimed that services were not disrupted, citizens said trains were running behind schedule on both the Central and Western lines.
Harbour line was the worst-affected with services running 15-20 minutes late during the morning peak hours.