BWSSB’s work is the pits, says 73-yr-old


She got hurt outside her Benson Town home

A 73-year-old woman sustained multiple fractures on her wrist after she fell face down after her leg got caught in a pit which Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) workers had dug up in front of their apartment in Benson Town for laying underground sanitary pipes recently.

Victim Shalini’s husband IK Kumar, (78), alleged that there were no cordoning tapes or barricades and no precautionary sign boards at the stretch of the road where the civic work was going on. The senior citizen filed a complaint with the JC Nagar police accusing BWSSB engineer, supervisor, contractor and others for causing grievous injuries by act of endangering life or personal safety of others.

Though the incident happened on March 13, and Kumar filed a complaint promptly the next day, JC Nagar police registered an FIR only on March 23 booking the accused officials responsible for the civic work.

BWSSB engineers, contractors, supervisors and their labourers were carrying out digging work at the Benson Cross Road which is a very narrow road in front of HM Astoria Apartment in JC Nagar in mid-March. The apartment dwellers could not even bring in their cars to the basement parking and so they had parked their car at a distance from their apartment waiting for the digging work to get over. The civic work was that they were relaying the underground sanitary pipelines.

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Kumar’s wife Shalini was the caregiver to her mother who was 93 years old. Shalini used to drive her car to meet her mother regularly to nurse her. As Shalini was staying in HM Astoria, she too had parked her car at a distance as the work was going on. On March 13, around 11 am, Shalini was going to take something from her car and she was crossing the road when her leg got stuck in a pit and she fell face down. To avoid her face from being hit, she braced it with her hand and her wrist got grievous injuries. Her wrist and hand were swollen and she was rushed to a hospital where the doctors told her she had multiple fractures to her wrist, and she had to get titanium implants.

Kumar then approached the JC Nagar police and complained that there were no cordoning tapes or barricades or any precautionary sign boards or safety sign boards, and the board which stated that the work was going on would be covered with mud and dust. “We have taken up a case against BWSSB engineer, contractor, supervisor and others under IPC sections 337 and 338 and we will issue notices to them to appear before us for questioning,” said a senior police officer.



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Sagar Biswas

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