Death by electrocution: Kolkata Municipal Corporation to suspend one, charges against senior official | Kolkata News

Forty-eight hours after the death by electrocution of a 12-year-old schoolboy in Haridevpur, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation on Tuesday filed departmental proceedings against the Director General of KMC’s Electricity Department, Sanjay Bhowmick. In addition, the civic body has decided to suspend the sub-assistant engineer of the lighting department of district 115, to which the district falls. Another head of the electricity service will also be the subject of a ministerial procedure.

KOLKATA: Forty-eight hours after the electrocution death of a 12-year-old schoolboy in Haridevpur, Kolkata Municipal Corporation on Tuesday filed departmental proceedings against the managing director of KMC’s electricity department, Sanjay Bhowmick. In addition, the civic body has decided to suspend the sub-assistant engineer of the lighting department of district 115, to which the district falls. Another head of the electricity service will also be the subject of a ministerial procedure.
Sources conceded that the decision to take action against one of the city’s top officials showed desperation on the part of the KMC administration to send a message to officials in other essential service departments. According to the rule, KMC chiefs can send a show cause notice to Bhowmick and ask to explain the negligence on the part of KMC’s electrical department. Haridevpur Police initiated an unnatural death case suo motu. The police have not yet received any official complaint.
Engineers from the state electrical department and CESC were on scene Monday evening to investigate the crash. Cops said they would contact both agencies while moving the case forward. The boy’s mother, Aarti Yadav, and his sister, Madhumita, said they do not plan to approach the police anytime soon. “No matter what they do, my son will not come back,” Aarti said.
KMC’s drainage department on Monday issued a work order for the operation of portable pumps in areas where rainwater stagnates. The drainage department had planned to launch an electronic tender for the operation of the portable pumps and the work order was to be issued within 10 days.
KMC’s electrical department was also tasked with identifying vulnerable streetlights. “We are doing a neighborhood check of poorly maintained streetlights. The search is particular in flooded areas,” said an official from KMC’s electrical department.
Ward 115 Councilor Ratna Sur said: “After the outcry over the issue, pumps were activated to drain the stagnant water within 45 minutes. But the death could have been avoided if the pumps had been activated immediately. ”
According to a drainage department official, a total of 450 pumps were kept ready to operate in low-lying areas.
The official said Hafiz Mohammed Ishaq Road is an area where drainage improvement was carried out under the KEIIP project years ago. Later, the infrastructure was handed over to KMC’s drainage service. However, sources said the mayor made it clear on Monday that the KEIIP should partner with the drainage service to monitor areas prone to waterlogging. “We are closely monitoring Garden Reach, Kidderpore, Behala, Kudghat, Haridevpur, Bansdroni, Garia, Jadavpur and large areas off the Eastern Metropolitan Ring Road.
(With contributions by Dwaipayan Ghosh)

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