Even as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) dithers over announcing a compensation package for victims of untrimmed tree branches, the Union petroleum ministry has decided to help the family of Mohammed Aslam Sheikh (45), who was crushed to death by a tree branch on September 3.
As reported in HT's September 5 edition, Sheikh worked as a security guard with the government-run oil company, which comes under the ministry.
As Sheikh and his wife Reshma were returning home on the bike after visiting his comatose mother, he was crushed by an untrimmed banyan tree branch on P.D'Mello Road. Reshma has suffered head injuries.
One Mumbaiite has died, while two others – Antara Telang (18) in Sion and Tamanna Bhojani (30) in Kandivli – have suffered grievous injuries because of untrimmed tree branches.
As reported in HT, the BMC has decided to offer a compensation package and is working out a more efficient tree-pruning policy, but has yet to get a fix on both.
"It's shocking that the BMC can be so apathetic to a family who has lost a loved one due to its negligence. So, Union Petroleum Minister Murli Deora has decided to step in," said Congress corporator Vinod Shekhar, who visited Sheikh's home in Colaba on Sunday. He added that Deora would visit the family on Monday and offer a package that includes financial aid and a job for a member of Sheikh's family.
"We'll be taking a decision on compensating the family," said Aseem Gupta, addl municipal commissioner.