Vodafone coughs up Rs 1 lakh as compensation

  • Harshraj Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jul 08, 2014 12:04 IST

Having been served notice for damaging public property while illegally installing wires, Vodafone South Limited Co has paid Rs 1.01 lakh as compensation to the municipal corporation.

Besides, the MC has filed a police complaint against the firm, but the latter are yet to register an FIR.

The action followed a road cave-in near Hotel Nav Classic on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh Road on June 30, after the telecom company illegally dug up the road to lay wires.

MC had served the notice and given the telecom firm three days to submit the compensation after Vodafone was found inscribed on the wires laid under the road where the cave-in took place.

The company had also damaged the water supply pipe due to which the water supply remained disrupted for four days in Beant Pura area. This led to residents demanding police action against the company for causing them inconvenience.

Residents had accused the corporation of not finding the fault behind the erratic water supply in the area, and as a result digging for laying wires continued.

“The police should register an FIR against the company, so that nobody dares to install wires illegally under city roads. The illegal digging of roads can lead to major tragedies. Besides compensation, MC should charge fine also,” said Gurmail Singh, a resident of Chandigarh road.

MC superintending engineer (SE) Dharam Singh said Vodafone South Limited Co had paid the compensation and assured that they would not conduct any illegal work in future.

He said if any other company was found carrying out similar illegal activity, action would be taken, adding that a police complaint had been filed, and the next action lied with the police.

Inspector Raj Kumar of Division Number 7 police station said they had written to the district attorney (legal), and an FIR could be registered only after getting legal opinion.

Earlier, acting on an MC complaint, an FIR was registered against Airtel in April, as the wires were being installed without permission on the Pakhowal Road.

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