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BEST doubles amount of compensation for victim kin

Victim was sole breadwinner of family; relief amount raised from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
August 6, 2013 1:32:04 am

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply (BEST) undertaking has revised the proposed compensation for the family of a flower seller who died after the pole of a streetlight fell on her on July 28. Concluding that the pole was corroded,the compensation was raised from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh.

Fifty-year-old Kantabai Janardhan Patole was injured when a pole near the Dadar West flyover fell on her. She was admitted to KEM Hospital. However,she later succumbed to her injuries.

It was found during an inspection that the lower portion of the pole was fully corroded. This made the pole solely responsible for the accident. Also it was considered that the victim was the sole breadwinner of the family.

According to compensation rules of the undertaking,the applicable amount in this case was put at Rs.30,000. However,considering the amount was too less,an initial proposal of Rs.50,000 was put across in the meeting. After much debate,committee members demanded that the undertaking increase the amount to Rs.1lakh. This was then accepted by the management.

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This is the second time that BEST’s electric supply department has awarded such a compensation. The last time it had granted compensation to the kin of a deceased person was in 1990.

BEST has issued an order for the maintenance of streetlights to avoid similar incidence in future. The management has also decided to inspect poles and remove them if found corroded.

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First published on: 06-08-2013 at 01:32:04 am

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