Mumbai crane collapse: Contractor in-charge gets 1 contract, denied another
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Mumbai crane collapse: Contractor in-charge gets 1 contract, denied another

On January 1, five labourers were coming out of a trench with the help of a crane, when a portion of it broke and the workers fell into the pit and were killed.

mumbai Updated: Jan 24, 2018 22:56 IST
Eeshanpriya MS
Eeshanpriya MS
Hindustan Times
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The BMC has lodged an FIR against the crane operator, while issuing a show cause and stop work notices to the contractor along with a penalty of Rs4 lakh.(HT FILE)

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s standing committee on Wednesday awarded a Rs75-crore contract to set up sewer lines in the city to Michigan Engineers Private Limited, who is the same contractor that was in-charge of digging sewer lines in Powai when a crane fell into a pit and killed five labourers. However, the standing committee rejected another contract to set up sewer lines worth Rs75 crore, to be given to the same contractor, citing that the contractor must not be allowed to apply for BMC projects henceforth.

Manoj Kotak, leader of the BJP in BMC, demanded that an FIR be lodged against Michigan Engineers for negligence during work, that led to the death of five contract labourers. The two proposals to award contractors worth Rs75 crore each to Michigan Engineers were tabled before the standing committee last week, but were postponed. However, the proposals were brought before the standing committee again this Wednesday, and one of them was passed.

The BJP and the Congress demanded that the administration take back the second proposal, or the standing committee will not pass it.

Earlier this month, the BMC lodged an FIR against the crane operator, while issuing a show cause and stop work notices to the contractor along with a penalty of Rs4 lakh.

The civic body had taken on work of setting up sewer lines using micro tunneling method on Adi Shankaracharya Marg, at Gandhi Nagar in Powai. On January 1, five labourers were coming out of a trench with the help of a crane, when its portion broke and the workers fell into the pit and were killed.

First Published: Jan 24, 2018 22:56 IST