Rs 6.9 lakh costs to family of boy who fell in an open drain
Seven years after a 8-year-old boy drowned in an uncovered storm water drain adjacent to under-construction Dilshad Garden Metro station while playing, the Delhi HC has asked the DMRC and the municipal corporation to jointly pay Rs 6.9 lakh as compensation to his family.delhi Updated: Jul 09, 2013 23:58 IST
Seven years after a 8-year-old boy drowned in an uncovered storm water drain adjacent to under-construction Dilshad Garden Metro station while playing, the Delhi High Court has asked the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the municipal corporation to jointly pay Rs 6.9 lakh as compensation to his family.
The court said the compensation was ordered as the family should get some relief and the blame game between the two authorities has just continued. The case was pending in a lower court. “Relief to the unfortunate victim of the accident cannot be allowed to be lost in the quagmire or morass of a protracted civil trial. I am inclined to direct DMRC and MCD to pay the parents of the boy 50% each of the total amount of compensation amounting to Rs 6,99,140 with simple interest at the rate of 9% per annum,” justice Rajiv Shakdher said.
The court said the issue whether the manhole belonged to DMRC or the civic agency required evidence and detailed enquiry which was not feasible in these proceedings. “These disputes ought to be determined in a regular civil trial. Death by a fall in the manhole left uncovered by the instrumentality of the state is not denied,” said the court.DMRC had said it had handed over the work to MCD. But the civic agency claimed that the work was not formally handed over to it.