‘Pay Rs 3.5 lakh to parents of drowned children’
The Delhi High Court has ordered the Delhi Jal Board to pay Rs 3.5 lakh each to the parents of four children who drowned in an unfenced pit dug by the civic body in Gopalpur in north Delhi, last year.delhi Updated: Feb 02, 2011 23:17 IST
The Delhi High Court has ordered the Delhi Jal Board to pay Rs 3.5 lakh each to the parents of four children who drowned in an unfenced pit dug by the civic body in Gopalpur in north Delhi, last year.
A bench headed by chief justice Dipak Misra ordered prompt payment of the amount to parents of each of the four children. Misra also enhanced the ex-gratia sum to Rs 3.5 lakh from Rs 1 lakh that the civic body had earlier paid to the families, after the mishap at Timarpur.
The bench gave its order on a PIL seeking a compensation of Rs 12 lakh each to the victims' parents. The court noted that the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has not erected fence around the pit and had not even put up warning signs to avoid any untoward incidents.
While determining Rs 3.5 lakh as compensation, the bench asked the DJB to deposit, within four weeks, the additional sum of Rs 2.5 lakh each, in the form of fixed deposits, with the High Court's registrar.
While ordering DJB to pay the compensation, the court also gave it the liberty to extract the sum from the contractor who had dug the 7-ft-deep pit for laying water pipelines.
The mishap had claimed the lives of four children -- seven-year-old Atul and his brother Ritesh, 9, and Vikas and Narender, both aged 8. All four, residents of Gopalpur village near Timarpur, had fallen into the pit in the dark.
DJB counsel Najmi Waziri told the court that the civic body had got a police case registered in the incident. But the FIR was registered against unknown persons, the counsel said.