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Har electricity dept suspends 3 officials over uncovered pit

Eight days after an infant fell into a deep pit near here, the Haryana electricity department served a contract termination notice to the contractor of the project on Monday, and suspended three officials for lapse in duty. The contractor's carelessness led to the incident, managing director of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), Amit Agrawal, said in a release.

chandigarh Updated: Jul 10, 2012 10:31 IST

Eight days after an infant fell into a deep pit near here, the Haryana electricity department served a contract termination notice to the contractor of the project on Monday, and suspended three officials for lapse in duty.


The World Bank financed 'Haryana Power System Improvement Project' was being carried out by a contractor whose carelessness led to the incident, managing director of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), Amit Agrawal, said in a release.

On July 1, one-and-half-year-old Sachin fell into a 20-feet-deep uncovered pit dug by electricity board. He was rescued with the efforts of locals and officials.

"DHBVN and the World Bank share the view that the accident was avoidable," said Agrawal.

DHBVN has also suspended three officers for lapse in supervision and has initiated an internal inquiry into the matter.

DHBVN takes safety seriously, and the department has agreed to work together with the World Bank to undertake a review of existing safety standards and routines, and to perform a safety audit to obtain a better understanding of safety performance, the release said.