The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the Delhi government to pay immediate compensation of R50 ,000 to the family of Paramvir, who died while digging a pit near a sewer pipeline. The pipeline burst and flooded the pit, drowning the victim.
The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) filed a reply, stating that the construction firm has already paid R1.35 lakh to the victim’s family. The DJB claimed that action is being taken to debar the construction firm.
Slamming the DJB, the commission said it cannot escape its liability to compensate the next of kin of the deceased under the garb of payment of compensation by the contractor. The Commission observed that the inquiry report submitted by the DJB clearly said, “It appears that neither the firm, nor the field staff applied the engineering wisdom while executing the work at site.
The lapse on part of the firm and the officers stands established in the unfortunate accident, where a human life was lost.”