A week after a man is believed to have drowned in Solapur Bazaar water canal,the water conduit from Khadakwasla dam to Camp,his body has not been found. Efforts by civic authorities,the fire department and police to locate the body of Nandu Kaluram Jagtap have failed. The body is believed to be stuck in garbage that clogs the canal behind Solapur Bazaar and is the sources of drinking water for residents of Camp.
Police are treating it as a missing person case,until the body is found.
Over the years garbage clogging the canal has not only been a health hazard for residents who use the water but the canal also poses a potential threat in the form of accidents,with cement embankment on both sides breached at numerous places and the protective fencing near the canal damaged and removed at some places.
Garbage clogging the canal not only obstructs the natural flow but has become a perennial problem for residents as well and the authorities.
Mangesh Jagtap,Nandus brother,says his brother had gone to the canal for a swim on April 12,at 11 pm. The news that he drowned reached us an hour later. When we rushed to the spot we learnt that witnesses saw him drown. They had tried to rescue him using bamboo sticks. We contacted police to fish out the body. They were unsuccessful in locating the body. We have been running from the water supply department to police and the dead house to the fire brigade but they are all unable to help, he says.
He says the authorities are focusing on an area where the body could be entangled in garbage,but are unable to retrieve it. We tried asking the water department to stop water supply for some time so that the body could be retrieved. The body usually rises to the surface after three days but it is probably stuck because of garbage. The police are unable to help, he says.
Cops at Lashkar Police Station filed a missing person complaint as the body has not been retrieved.
Assistant Police Inspector SJ Mulla said,We swept the entire area a couple of times,got fire brigade to search the canal and even secured the help of locals to but we have not found it yet. We cannot say for sure whether the person is dead or not. In fact we have made announcements on local cable channels,at bus stops and railway stations and all over the city. Unless we find the body we cannot assume he is dead.
Nandu,who did odd jobs and also was a jockey,is survived by his wife and two children. He stayed with his brother and his family in Bhimnagar at Kondhwa.
His brother says the family is exhausted after knocking at all the departments for help.
We are helpless now. There is so much garbage there. The authorities should clean up the place so that such incidents do not happen again, he says but the authorities responsible were not available for comment.