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Manhole death: MCD ordered to pay Rs 7 lakh compensation

Holding it guilty of negligence,the Delhi High Court on Tuesday ordered the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to pay around Rs 7 lakh to the parents of a eight-year-old child,who died after falling into an open manhole in an East Delhi locality.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
April 11, 2012 1:58:02 am

Holding it guilty of negligence,the Delhi High Court on Tuesday ordered the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to pay around Rs 7 lakh to the parents of a eight-year-old child,who died after falling into an open manhole in an East Delhi locality.

Mohd Asif died on January 4,2007,after he fell into an open manhole on a vacant plot meant for Sulabh Shauchalaya,in New Seemapuri. His parents had filed a petition in the court the same year and demanded Rs 15 lakh in compensation.

The MCD contended that the plot had boundaries and the child trespassed into their property.

After looking at photographs of the site,Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw noted that although the plot had boundary walls,there was no gate. Therefore,children had access to the property.

“Moreover,it is totally inexplicable as to why the plot and/or manholes were left uncovered. Thus,a case of negligence on the part of the respondent MCD is made out,” said the judge,directing the MCD to pay Rs 6.97 lakh along with an interest of six per cent from the date of filing of the petition.

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