Residents blame builder for 9-year-old boy getting stuck in pool

  • Ashni Dhaor, Hindustan Times, Noida
  • Updated: Jul 02, 2016 16:35 IST
The district magistrate has asked officials to inspect the spot and check if safety measures are in place. (HT File Photo)

Two days after 9-year-old Aditya Wardhan got stuck in the swimming pool of Mahagun Moderne residential society and was admitted to a Delhi hospital in critical condition, residents alleged negligence on the part of builder and demanded action.

Aditya got stuck in the swimming pool on Wednesday evening and was spotted by a lifeguard only after 4-5 minutes. He was rushed to Fortis Hospital and then transferred to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi under critical condition.

Doctors who are treating the boy said there was no improvement to the boy’s condition on Friday.

“Aditya’s condition continues to be very critical and he is on complete life support, with severely depressed brain functions,” Dr Anil Sachdeva, director of emergency and critical care, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said.

Pankaj Kumar, neighbour of Aditya, said, “His condition is critical. He is still on ventilator. We are praying for his recovery.”

“Two days ago, another child was stuck in the same hole at the bottom of the swimming pool but the lifeguards saw him and pulled him out immediately. However, the builders did not do anything to avert such incidents. This indicates wilful negligence,” Satendra Garg, a resident of Mahagun Moderne, said.

The builders of Mahagun Moderne said that the incident was a result of human failures at multiple levels. They said that only adults are permitted access to the area and that children are not allowed to enter.

“It is to be investigated how a child was allowed to enter a restricted area. Our team is available round-the-clock for the victim and his family. This is a very unfortunate incident,” Amit Jain, managing director of Mahagun Group, said.

Residents alleged that the builder has changed the security guards following the incident to hush up the case. However, the builder denied the claim and said the same security persons are deployed at the gates.

“None of the security guards have been replaced. It is a false allegation. We are in full support of the residents,” Jain said.

NP Singh, the district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, said he has asked the city magistrate to issue a notice to the builder and seek response on the incident.

“I have also asked the city magistrate to conduct a physical inspection of the spot to check if safety measures are in place. If the builder is found not complying with the safety measures, lawful action will be initiated. This will be done within 2-3 days.”

The police said they are yet to receive a complaint from the victim’s family.

“We have not received any complaint yet. Lawful action will be initiated once a complaint is received,” Dinesh Yadav, in-charge of Sector 49 police station, said.

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