After the municipal corporation announced a new mechanism for trimming trees along with a compensation policy last week, city corporators now want a similar policy to help victims of accidents caused because of craters on city roads.
Hindustan Times had reported that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is drafting its compensation policy for those who were injured or killed by falling trees or branches on civic roads. The policy would be ready by the end of this month.
Congress corporator and deputy leader in the municipal corporation, Vinod Shekhar, has now written to Mayor Shraddha Jadhav, proposing to prepare a compensation policy for those who were injured, lost their limbs or died due to accidents caused by potholes on pavements or roads as well as open manholes and other accidents caused by civic negligence.
“If citizens are getting injured or losing their lives due to the negligence of the municipal body, there is a need to introduce a policy to give them compensation through insurance companies or by the BMC itself,” Shekhar said.
In the first week of September, many corporators agitated over the pothole issue during a general body meeting.
Congress corporator Kamlesh Rai, Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP’s) Bhaskar Khursange and Vidya Chavan had made similar demands while discussing the pothole issue.
They however, did not write to the mayor or the municipal commissioner.
“A young man died in an accident because of a crater on road,” Khursange had alleged, while Rai said that a cyclist fell on the road due to a pothole last month.
“A poor cyclist asked me to compensate Rs 900 for his broken cycle. Who is responsible for his loss?” questioned Rai.
Jadhav said that she had not yet read the letter. The issue will be discussed in the group [political parties] leaders meeting.
“Further decision will be taken in the general body meeting,” she said.