The Agripada police arrested on Thursday morning one Rajan Takle (42),a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation fitter,for driving the BMC dumper truck in a rash and negligent manner leading to the death of a man at the Agripada Municipal workshop in Byculla.
As per the Agripada police,the deceased,one Vijay Kamble (42),a welder working for the BMC was at the workshop when Takle,who was driving the dumper truck in a rash and negligent manner,rammed him,injuring him severely.
An injured Kamble was rushed to the Nair Hospital,where he was declared brought dead, said a police official attached to the Agripada police station.
As per the official,Kamble had suffered injuries to his groin,legs and waist region.
Takle was arrested on the complaint of another welder,who was present at the time of the accident. He said in his statement that Takle had been driving his truck in a very rash and reckless manner. As per the statement of the complainant,we have arrested Takle on charges of rash and negligent driving leading to death and also other provisions under the MV Act, said the police official.
On Monday,the General Body of the BMC had approved a notice of motion from BJP corporator Dnyanmurti Sharma to limit the speed at which these dumpers can travel. The speed of the vehicles will now be restricted to 40 kmph from the current speed which varies between 50-60 kmph in the city.
According to traffic police figures,almost 200 fatal road accidents have taken place due to speeding dumpers since 2004. This new speed limit will be implemented if the civic administration receives a positive report from municipal commissioner Jairaj Phatak and his acceptance of the demand.
The civic body had been receiving complaints from citizens as well as the traffic police to curtail the speed.
Dumpers are owned and run on contract basis by the civic administration,as well as by some private builders,to lift debris and waste from the citys roads.
Between March 3 and March 6,the traffic police had carried a special drive and booked as many as 2,136 dumpers for various violations like over speeding,drunk driving,driving without the mandatory cleaner and driving without treads on wheels.