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‘Pay more to kin of Wadala pit victim’

The Bombay high court on Wednesday suggested that the municipal corporation should consider giving additional Rs50,000 to the family of senior citizen, who lost her life after falling in a trench in Wadala in January.

mumbai Updated: Apr 21, 2011 01:39 IST
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The Bombay high court on Wednesday suggested that the municipal corporation should consider giving additional Rs50,000 to the family of senior citizen, who lost her life after falling in a trench in Wadala in January.

On January 5, Marriamma Naidu, 60, who had gone to get milk at 6am fell in a pit dug up by civic contractors to replace an underground storm water drain line and died.

Last week, the labour contractor of the Wadala site, Subramaniam Thevar, had submitted a demand draft of Rs50,000 in the high court, which was to be distributed between the family members of the 60-year-old woman.

Additional government pleader Suresh Pakale, while appearing for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), said that he would check about the additional compensation with the contractor.

Pakale had earlier informed the court that Naidu was survived by a husband and three sons.

On a court query, he said that each member would get Rs12,500 as compensation to which justice Desai said that it was too less. “See if you can consider giving additional amount of Rs50,000.”

Pakale said that he will check with the contractor and inform by next week.

“Mostly, he (contractor) will agree and I will get the cheque also,” said Pakale.

The high court has also asked the municipal corporation to frame guidelines for safeguards to prevent occurrences of such incidents in future.

“Give us on affidavit what you propose to do in future [to prevent such accidents],” said justice Desai.

The high court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by a Khar-based businessman Indur Chhugani seeking criminal action against negligent civic officers and contractors for leaving open trenches posing threat to citizens’ lives.

VP Patil, advocate for Chhugani, argued that the contractors and the civic officers should be booked for criminal negligence.