Stone from broken divider injures man

With one leg in plaster,44-year-old Sunil Landge lies on his hospital bed in Bhosari,seething in anger at what he calls civic apathy.

Written by MANOJ MORE | Pune | Published: March 4, 2012 2:24 am

Sunil Landge to claim compensation for civic body’s negligence

With one leg in plaster,44-year-old Sunil Landge lies on his hospital bed in Bhosari,seething in anger at what he calls civic apathy. Landge,who suffered an injury when a loose stone from a divider hit him,wants to take the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation to task and compensate him for the hardship.

Two weeks ago,Landge was seeing his relatives off at Kasarwadi around 9 pm,when a stone from a broken divider on the Pune-Mumbai Highway came hurtling towards him and hit him on the lower left leg. “The stone’s edge must have come under a passing vehicle’s tyre,which sent it flying in my direction,” says Landge. The blow was so nasty that his leg was soaked in blood in no time. He was taken to a local doctor and then to Sainath Hospital in Bhosari. The X-ray showed that Landge had suffered a fracture.

A week ago,Landge was operated upon. “He has suffered a severe fracture. We had to carry out Closed Reduction Internal Fixation (CRIF) with inter-locking nail,” said Dr Shyam Shinde.

He said Landge would be able to take his first steps in a month-and-a-half,however,it would be a while before he is able to walk normally. “In over a month,he should be able to walk a little. However,it would take him three to six months to be able to walk normally,” Dr Shinde said.

A resident of Kasarwadi,Landge by Saturday had already run up a bill of Rs 50,000. He will have to spend another Rs 10,000 for a few more days’ stay. “I have suffered because of PCMC apathy. The divider has not been repaired for over a year. I am going to approach the civic chief and seek compensation for negligence,” he said.

Shrikant Jadhav,a local activist,said several vehicles have met with accidents at the spot. “At nights,the spot becomes even more dangerous. There are stones strewn over a stretch of six-seven feet. After Landge’s incident,we removed the small stones,but the big ones remain scattered there,posing a threat to motorists.”

When contacted,municipal commissioner Asheesh Sharma said deputy engineer Sanjay Bhosale looks after the stretch in Kasarwadi.

Bhosale said a contractor has been entrusted the task of maintaining the stretch. “I will find out why the divider has not been repaired,” he said. Bhosale,however,did not comment on the compensation being sought by Landge. Newly-elected corporator Kiran Mote said the PCMC’s engineering department seems to turn a blind eye to issues more often than not. “Unless somebody informs them,they don’t wake up. In this case,too,they seem to be fast asleep,” Mote added.

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