Eight persons, including chief engineer of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, executive engineer (XEN) and four students of a private college, were seriously injured in a road accident which occurred at Bhagomajra village near Kharar here on Tuesday afternoon. All the injured were said to be out of danger and admitted to different hospitals, including the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.
According to the police, the accident happened when five students of GGS Sachdeva College were coming from Morinda towards Kharar in their Zen car. The officials of the UT Administration and Municipal Corporation were in different cars and going towards Morinda to inspect the site at Kajauli water works, where work on laying pipelines of Phase V and Phase VI was in progress.
Eyewitnesses said that the accident occurred around 12 noon when the driver of a speeding Zen car, in which the students were travelling, lost control of the vehicle which first hit the Ambassador car in which chief engineer Mukesh Anand and XEN Sham Lal were travelling, and then the car of Finance Secretary Sarvjit Singh, who was not inside.
“The Zen first hit the Ambassador and after that, the UT Finance Secretary’s car. The collision was so powerful that one of the students was thrown out of the Zen and the car’s engine was also broken and later found on one side of the road. The Zen and Ambassador cars were badly damaged,” said Sanjeev Kumar, who runs a dhaba near the accident spot.
It was Mayor Poonam Sharma who rushed the injured to the Kharar civil hospital in the vehicle of the UT Adviser’s security personnel.
Mukesh Anand, Sham Lal and driver of their car Murugan suffered injuries and were taken to PGI. Their condition was stated to be stable.
There were five students travelling in the car who were identified as Harsimran Singh (18), Pawandeep Singh (20), Amanpreet Singh (19), Kunal (19) and Parveen Kumar (18) — all first-year diploma students. Pawandeep and Amanpreet were admitted to the Kharar civil hospital from where Pawandeep was shifted to PGI. Kunal and Harsimran were also admitted to PGI. Harsimran and Pawandeep are brothers. Parveen suffered minor injuries and was not hospitalised.
Speaking to Chandigarh Newsline, Gharuan police post in-charge Gursewak Singh said that they would record statements of the officials, following which a case would be registered against the driver of the Zen car as it was his fault.
MC gives Rs 1 lakh each as medical advance
The Municipal Corporation has decided to give Rs 1 lakh each to Mukesh Anand, Sham Lal and Murugan as medical advance. “Due to the gravity of injuries, a huge amount is being spent on their treatment. Hence advance of Rs 1 lakh each may be allowed to them. The medical advance may be adjusted on the submission of medical reimbursement claims by them in due course of time. The requisite formalities regarding grant of medical advance will be completed afterwards,” stated the order.