A man on Sunday died while cleaning a sewer at New Delhi’s Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital. Three people have also been hospitalised. The incident took place around 12:30 pm. The deceased has been identified as Rishi Pal. According to IANS report, a DFS official said, “While Rishi Pal died, the other three are undergoing treatment.” The Delhi Fire Service said, ” Rishi Pal, 40, along with Bishan, 30, Kiran Pal, 25, and Sumit, 30, fell unconscious after inhaling poisonous gases while cleaning the sewer at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital.”
It is 10th such death in Delhi in just over a month. On August 6, three men died after inhaling toxic gases while cleaning sewer pipe in southeast Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar. The Delhi Jal Board, however, denied that it hired the cleaners. A DJB official said, “They were not our staff. However, we have ordered a probe to find out how these men entered the sewer without authorisation.”
On August 12, another such incident took place at a shopping mall in Anand Vihar, where two brothers died and their father was admitted to hospital in a critical condition after they inhaled toxic gases while cleaning a sewer. Another man died while cleaning a water harvesting tank in Ghitorni in south Delhi.