Bare water pipeline claims 2nd life at Junglighat

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
20 Mar 2017

An open water supply pipeline positioned on a pedestrian path claimed another life at Junglighat recently. It was in the morning hours on March 17 when laundryman, M Adhi Narayan, son of Lokenath, 48 year old, while walking on the footpath, stumbled on the pipeline and fell into the trench bordering the track. He sustained serious head injuries in the mishap and was rushed to the GB Pant Hospital. The victim succumbed to injuries during the course of treatment.
According to reports, it is the second such mishap reported from the area. A few days ago, a senior citizen met with similar fate and died at the same location. Residents of the area are now in an agitated state accusing the Municipal Council of  inaction despite repeated accidents. “The matter was raised before the Municipal Councillor of the area. The exposed pipeline fixed on a footpath poses a serious threat to the lives of pedestrians particularly when it is pitch dark. It appears as if the civic body is waiting for more mishaps to happen before initiating steps to relocate the pipeline to some other safe location,” said some residents of Junglighat.
“I’m unaware of the accident as I was out of station for a few days and returned back only on Sunday. I’ll, however, inquire into the matter and will let you know about what the Council can do in the matter,” said the Civic Chief, Mr B Eswar Rao speaking to this correspondent. Padmashree Naresh Chandra Lall also urged the Municipal Councillor of the area and the PBMC Secretary to work out measures to prevent any such mishaps in future.