Pune: Labourers at the construction site for underground tunnel linking Neera and Bhima rivers in Akole village in Indapur taluka of Pune district have alleged that the company officials did not take precautions as recently there was a technical fault in the system.
On Monday, eight labourers were killed when the elevator cable snapped and it fell. According to officials, there are two 200-feet wells. One of them is used by workers to come up and go down, while the other is used for removing mud and stones while digging the tunnel. The workers also alleged that oxygen is not supplied properly.
A few months ago, a labourer died of electrocution.
Dr Pravin Mane, Chairman of Works and Health Department of Pune Zilla Parishad, visited the site and interacted with Technical Engineer SL Prasad of Soma Enterprises, which is engaged in the tunnel construction.
“The tunnel work is going on at five places in Kazad and Akole in Indapur taluka. The labourers lost their lives due to lack of safety measures. We will not allow them to continue work, if the contractor does not take proper safety measures,” Mane said.
Prasad said, “The accident took place as the limit switch had stopped functioning. It should have prevented the elevator from hitting structures. When the elevator was coming it hit another structure and fell down.”
Meanwhile, bodies of the labourers were sent to their native places. Except for Rahul Sugriv Narute (22), who was from Kazad village in Indapur, three were from Uttar Pradesh, two from Andhra Pradesh and two from Odisha.
Pune District Collector Saurabh Rao said, “A team of Public Works Department (PWD), vigilance, industrial safety and irrigation department has been sent to the spot. While the police are investigating, prima facie it appears to be an accident. The lever of the crane broke. While four persons were on the crane (elevator box) four others were standing below. The crane fell down 45 metres causing the death of eight persons. After autopsy, the bodies were sent to their homes. I will write to the respective district collectors so that the families of the deceased get some funds. We will also try to provide some funds through Chief Minister's Relief Fund.”