A seven-year- old boy fell from the roof of the housing blocks constructed under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) at Shyam Nagar locality on Thursday, sustaining serious head injuries.
The kid, Nikhil Saharia, resident of a nearby slum, was playing with his friends on the rooftop of the four-storey building of the JNNURM settlement, when he fell down and landed on his head on a stack of bamboos, sustaining injuries.
The JNNURM blocks do not have parapets on the roofs. They do not even have stairs to access the roof, but since the water tanks are mostly placed on roofs, residents use temporary measures to reach the roof. Children also take the chance to play on the roof and several similar accidents have been reported in the past.
NGO Nagarik Adhikar Manch had compiled a report on the problems related to the JNNURM houses meant for resettling slum dwellers and children falling from roof and getting injured had come up as a major issue in the report. HT had highlighted the issue in August 18 edition.
The municipal commissioner Rajneesh Shrivastava had then said that action would be initiated to rectify the various problems pointed out in the report.
However, on Thursday, Nikhil became a fresh victim of the problem. After getting initial treatment at a private hospital, he was brought back home by parents who cannot afford private hospitalisation for him. He regained consciousness only this afternoon, almost 20 hours after the incident.
Nikhil’s father Ramdas Saharia, a manual labourer said that he had already spent Rs. 1,700 on Nikhil’s treatment. “We have already submitted our report and demanded immediate construction of parapets on these houses, but nothing has happened yet,” Upasana Behar of Nagarik Adhikar Manch said while talking to HT.