A 25- year-old labourer, originally belonging to Gorakhpur, died here on Saturday after falling into a 20-ft deep pit, which was dug up for the repair of a sewerage pipeline at Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Nagar. The deceased has been identified as Vikas.
The incident has again brought to the limelight the lackadaisical approach of the authorities on the safety of the labourers working in the field, who are exposed to many dangers.
The incident reportedly occurred at around 10 am when three contractual labourers, who were working in restoring the sewerage pipeline, fell in the a gorge that occurred to due a landslide while digging. It is to be mentioned that the labourers were not wearing any kind of safety gadgets while carrying out the work of laying down sewerage pipelines.
While two of the three labourers somehow succeeded in coming out from the pit, one labourer died as he got buried beneath the mud.
Official said that they have contacted the family of the deceased and they will soon come to the city.
A municipal corporation official, present on the spot, said that the death occurred after a water pipe, crossing the area, broke due to the pressure of the sliding part of the land and the labourer got trapped in the pit.
Officials present on the spot said that the two labourers, who succeeded in coming out unhurt, fled from the site. The officials also had no information about the whereabouts of Inder Pal Singh, the contractor, under whom the labourers were working.
When HT tried to contact the contractor, he didn’t attend the call even after repeated attempts.
Jasbir Singh Heer, additional commissioner, termed the incident an accident where nobody was at fault.
The MC here is yet to confirm whether it will give any compensation to the kin of the deceased or not. As per rules, the person or the office for which the labourer was working is obliged to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the next of teh kin of the deceased.
“The area residents had been complaining against the leakage of a sewerage pipe, so the restoration work had been going on in the area for the past one week,” said Lakhwinder Singh, superintendent engineer, operation and maintenance (O&M) department.
The leaked water from the hole was drawn out with the help of a super suction machine.
After it was confirmed by one of the member of the rescue team, who went inside the gorge to ascertain the condition of the labourer, that the latter has had died, staff started operation of lifting the body.
As the body was the trapped deep below 20 feet, it took the rescue staff over four hours in taking the body out.
The body was lifted with the help of a JCB and was taken to the civil hospital for postmortem.
Meanwhile, additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP-II) Jagmohan Singh said that any kind of action will be taken after inquiry.