While the city reeled under the rains on the August 29, one of the most saddening news was that of Dr Deepak Amarapurkar’s death by falling into a manhole. A committee, by the name of Vijay Singhal was formed to probe into his death. The committee report was submitted on the September 21, to the municipal commissioner of Mumbai, Ajoy Mehta. The report stated that the corporation is not responsible for his death.
“Dr Amarapurkar had fallen into the manhole at Shankar Laxman Matkar road. The report mentions that the CCTV footage shows that the manhole was opened by some people to drain the rain water. The report also asks to take appropriate action on the people after proper inquiry,” said Vijay Singhal in the report.
The committee has also made some recommendations so that such things do not happen. It has recommended fitting a net below the main cover of the manhole. This will drain the water and avoid any human casualty.
It has also asked for considering suggestions from engineers to avoid such incidents in future. The roads that get more than four feet water during rain should also be properly managed with the help of police in case of heavy rainfall, stated the report.
Also, in the areas where the manholes are open, people in the area should be made aware about it and the BMC should take immediate action at such places. Meanwhile, meteorology department should also give correct forecast, so that the corporation is prepared in advance and people do not suffer.