6 Jal Nigam engineers responsible for death of 3 sewage cleaners: Report


Six engineers from Jal Nigam authority are responsible for the death of three labourers who died in the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) due to suffocation, says a enquiry report by the additional District Magistrate (DM) Sunil Kumar Singh. 

Witnessing the death case of three persons, Ghaziabad District Magistrate(DM) last week asked the additional DM Finance Sunil Kumar Singh to conduct an enquiry and submit it within a week. 

The report that has been submitted to the District Magistrate Sunil Kumar Singh, has revealed that the Jal Nigam officers were unable to give a satisfactory answer during the inquiry. The Jal Nigam awarded the contract to Envirocon Engineering company for running and maintaining the STP on January 13, 2018 and in the last 7 months the Jal Nigam couldn't provide a single instance of performing its duty as a supervisory authority to inspect the plant.

The inquiry officer termed it a criminal apathy and declared Project manager of Yamuna Pollution Project unit one, Engineer SP Sharma, Assistant Engineer Rameswar Dayal, Junior Engineer Kapil Kumar, Executive Engineer of Jal Nigam Himanshu Yadav, Assistant Engineer Neeraj Kumar and Junior Engineer Santraj declared responsible behind the death of the three persons.

He recommended to modify the FIR to include the provision of rehabilitation of sanitary staff and fined the engineers with Rs 10 lakh as compensation the family of the deceased. The chief engineer of Jal Nigam GK Shukla said we have put the contracting agency in black list and new contract would be awarded soon.

However, a FIR was lodged against three persons of contracting firm and the Jal Nigam. Three more engineers of Jal Nigam would also be booked for gross negligence.  

The incident occurred on Sunday when employees of the contracting company entered the 40 feet deep tank to clean it.  Two of them were identified pimp operators Mahesh Kasana and Roshan Lal who went inside the 40 feet deep tank and were suffocated to death inside the tank.

Third one who couldn't be identified also went down to rescue them but he also came in the death trap.



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