Officials from the fire brigade and police were sent to the spot, said the officials
MUMBAI: One person died while another was injured after the two fell into a manhole at Fort, near the Bombay high court building, on Saturday afternoon. The two labourers were working on fixing a new water pipeline.
The worker who was rescued has been identified as Sukarkumar Singh (35). He was sent to GT Hospital and his condition is stable, said BMC officials. The other, Pintu Singh (34) was declared dead at JJ Hospital.
Pintu was missing initially but was rescued by fire brigade officials. However, he was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.
BMC officials said that both the workers were contractual labourers of a private contractor at the site.
Officials from the BMC’s disaster management department said that they received a call around 3.30 pm on Saturday about two persons having fallen into a gutter. Officials from the fire brigade and police were sent to the spot, said the officials.
About the work that was going on at the site, the BMC said it was preparatory work for the newly laid 1,200-mmdiameter water main between Flora Fountain and Churchgate station along Veer Nariman Road was in progrees on Saturday. The task of dewatering using pumps was in progress. The two labourers had entered inside the 1200 mm diameter water main from a manhole from the Churchgate-end, about 30 metres towards Fountain .
At one point, due to power utility cables, the alignment is slightly bent where the two laboureres were got trapped. Contractors site supervisor with help of other labourer rescued one labourer.