BMC installs safety net in 1,425 manholes, CM Fadnavis

Keeping in mind the unfortunate death of Dr Deepak Amarapurkar, who died by slipping into an open manhole during the August 29 floods. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has covered up 1,425 open-manholes so far

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  • Mumbai has total 28,662 manholes in the city 
  • The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has covered 1,425 manholes with safety nets so far
  • Mumbai’s renowned gastroenterologist Dr Deepak Amarapurkar had died last year after falling into an open manhole.
  • Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis informed the Maharashtra legislative council on Wednesday, July 18

After facing people’s ire and receiving flak, along with protests from the medical fraternity over the tragic death of renowned gastroenterologist Dr Deepak Amarapurkar, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had started covering the manholes with metal covers.

While replying to a question asked by the legislatures in the legislative council, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Wednesday, July 18, informed “The BMC has covered 1,425 manholes in the city with the metal covers so far. In all there are 28,662 manholes in the city. The BMC administration is inspecting the dangerous manholes, and in the first phase the manholes are being covered with the metal nets.”

The safety net has been placed six inches below the manhole cover. Dr Amarapurkar had died after slipping into an open manhole on August 29, 2017.