Taking a strong stance against the instance of negligence which caused a toddler to fall into an open 15-feet-deep pit on Sunday, a three-member team of World Bank, Washington DC, inspected the site and held the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam (DHBVN) responsible.
The team comprising Piyush Dogra, Moni Khurana and Gaurav Kumar have asked for a written explanation of the incident and an action-taken report by Wednesday. The World Bank has recently sanctioned Rs 250 crore to the DHBVN for upgrading power infrastructure.
The team asked officials of the construction wing — a department of DHBVN — if they had issued written or verbal instructions to the contractor to cover the pit and the officials accepted that they had omitted to do so.
The team was accompanied by the superintending engineer (SE-DHBVN), Gurgaon circle, Sanjiv Chopra and SE Construction Wing (a department of DHBVN) Dilip Singh Dudi. “We have prepared the report and submitted it to our head office and we will submit a copy to the World Bank too by today,” said Dudi, adding that this would not affect the World Bank project at all.
Meanwhile, the police have lodged FIRs against contractor, concerned junior engineer and sub divisional officer (SDO), and deputy commissioner PC Meena has suspended both officials. However, suspension of officials has caused resentment among DHBVN employees.