Body of worker trapped in Narmada trunk line recovered; IMC orders probe

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Feb 16, 2016 20:27 IST
After seven hours of rescue efforts, the body of the worker was recovered from the pipeline at around 4 am on Tuesday. (Arun Mondhe/ HT photo)

Following the tragic death of a labourer, who drowned in a major Narmada trunk line due to damage rendered by a JCB machine on late Monday evening, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) on Tuesday had ordered a probe into the matter.

After seven hours of rescue efforts, the body of the worker (Perul Sheikh) was finally recovered from the pipeline at around 4 am on Tuesday.

According to IMC, the victim accompanied by two others were doing sewage line tapping works late in the evening, when a JCB machine accidentally damaged a major Narmada trunk line passing through the area. The damage in the water pipeline led to fast filling of a 20 feet deep pit. The large pit got filled within seconds. The three workers drowned in the pit due to heavy water pressure, two of them managed to come out, but one drowned into the trunk line.

“The workers got stuck in the pit due to sudden filling of water in the pit, while two of them were rescued, one lost his life,” said Balram Verma, the corporation’s water works department in-charge.

Verma said, “The workers were laying sewage lines in the area for nullah tapping works.”

The municipal body is working against deadline to accomplish nullah tapping works, to tap sewage water from falling into Kahn River before March.

Sources said, “There were no IMC officials present at the site when the works were going on. According to rules a sub-engineer should have been there at the site during the work in progress.”

About a few months ago, due the negligence of the municipal body an old woman fell into a pit dug up for nullah tapping works and died in Nandlalpura area. A truck carrying books also fell into a pit in the same area.

The corporation has dug up pit in several places in the city for carrying out nullah tapping works.

Municipal Commissioner Manish Singh held a review meeting with the official after the incident came to his knowledge, and directed additional commissioner Surendra Kathuria to start inquiry into the matter and submit a report.

“Based on the report we will lodge a criminal complaint against those responsible for the tragic event. Such incidents are unfortunate and negligence of anyone in the matter cannot be tolerated,” Singh said.

According to IMC the labourers belonged to a private company that was commissioned for sewage line laying works.

Mayor Mailini Gaud on Tuesday also directed the officials to take immediate cognizance of the matter so that such incidents could be averted in future.

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