The Delhi High Court on Friday directed a private transporter and MCD to pay compensation to the victims of a fire in a godown which claimed three lives and affected several others due to poisonous gas that emitted out of the inferno on Roshanara Road in 2004.
Holding both responsible, the court fixed 58 percent of the total compensation amount on the owner of the Jaipur Golden transport company godown and 15 per cent on MCD for allowing the illegal godown in a residential area, the Court directed payment of the money within three months.
A Division Bench of Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice Manmohan specified that the relatives of 19 year-old Akash will get Rs 5,93,801 lakh with an interest at the rate of 7.5 per annum.
The Court fixed Rs 8,33,801 lakh to the relatives of Ved Prakash and Rs 6,33,861 lakh to Babu Lal, who died in the incident, with 7.5 per cent rate of interest per annum.
The Bench, in a judgement, also directed to pay Rs 50,000 to about 30 victims who were injured seriously in the incident.
A petition was filed by the association of victims seeking a compensation for the victims and appropriate action against the culprits.
The godown was running illegally in a residential area and stored with consignment of pesticides which contained aluminium phosphate and zinc phosphate.
The victims said the fire brigade personnel poured water to extinguish the fire, which reacted with the chemicals and resulted in emission of highly poisonous gas.
The people from neighbourhood had inhaled the gas and suffered breathlessness, pain in chest, vomitting, diarrhoea and stomach ache, victims said.