Mumbai: Biker skids ‘due to road work‘, killed

MUMBAI: A 20-year-old after he was run over by a truck when his bike skidded allegedly because a civic contractor was carrying out micro-tunnelling work haphazardly for a sewage project on Sahar Road on Sunday.
Musab Tade from Marol was on his way to see his father Aslam, who was admitted to Lilavati Hospital after a heart attack. “He was passing Sahar Road to reach Western Express Highway when his bike skidded as there was muck all over the road. He fell off the bike and was run over by a vehicle. It‘s murder, I want the contractor to be booked,” said Aslam.

Nicholas Almeida and advocate Godfrey Pimenta of Watchdog Foundation, who have taken up the case, have written to Mumbai traffic police and BMC to take action against the contractor.

“The poor boy lost his life for no fault of his. The contractor, Michigan Engineers Pvt Ltd, is engaged by BMC for carrying out micro-tunnelling on Sahar Road. The six-lane road has been eaten up by illegal parking on both sides and in the remaining portion, the contractor has haphazardly placed barricades. Mud is scattered on the road. After the accident, the contractor cleaned up the spot, but what is the point?” asked Godfrey. Residents, who said this was the sixth on the stretch in three months, have also written to BMC to set up speed-breakers.

Godfrey demanded that the contractor be booked for negligence so that a strong message is sent that they cannot take members of the public for granted. He said excavation was 20 feet deep and the spot was not properly barricaded, so there is a chance of vehicles and pedestrians falling in the pit. “The excavated mud was removed and dumped on the road, further reducing the width of the already shrunk road. There are no highlighters on the barricades too, which can be dangerous at night. I have written to the municipal commissioner and the joint commissioner of police to look into the issue as it is not a stray accident,” added Godfrey.

Vile Parle police senior inspector Laxman Chavan said they have registered an offence under Indian Penal Code Section 304 for death due to negligence against an unknown vehicle. “The CCTV footage is not clear but we are trying to retrieve it. I don‘t think it is the fault of the contractor as this is the third accident on the stretch, all due to speeding. Residents have demanded speed-breakers.”

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