BENGALURU: The game of passing the buck has begun over the death of the three labourers, who were cleaning a manhole at CV Raman Nagar. BWSSB officials claim the contractor Ramkay Enterprises failed to adopt the standard operating procedures and involved manual scavengers who are by law barred. An internal inquiry has been ordered by the BWSSB Chairman into the incident.
BWSSB Chief Engineer(project)Manjunath said,“All violations by the contractor will be highlighted in our report that will be submitted to the Chairman on Wednesday. The contractor neither intimated us before taking up works nor sent any request memo for machinery. Labourers were without any supervisor or safety gear at the time of incident.“ “The contractor who is currently in Hyderabad may come to the city latest by Wednesday,” he added. Another BWSSB official said, “It is totally the contractor’s fault. They took up the work on the busy road post 10.30 pm without informing the BWSSB officials.”
Bengaluru Development Minister K J George visited the spot along with Mayor Padmavathi and BWSSB Chairman. He assured of strict action against those responsible for the death of the three workers. “Contractors should have made use of the machines in fixing the manholes and not manual scavengers,” he said.
The authorities temporarily closed the manhole and work will be taken up later. The contractor remained unavailable for comments, despite repeated phone calls.