BBMP, Bescom lock horns over Shwetha accident

Shwetha is bedridden for a month now. Following the incident, highlighted in Deccan Herald on September 21 and 22, BBMP conducted an inspection at the spot.

The Palike found that at two places, Bescom had left the footpaths uncovered for executing some wiring work. The report has been submitted to the BBMP Commissioner who is yet to pass it on to A Ravindra, Urban Development Advisor to chief minister.

 At a recent coordination meeting of the civic agencies, Ravindra had apparently asked BBMP to submit a report on the civic problems in Castle Street and the accident that Shwetha suffered.

BBMP Chief Engineer Somashekhar said the incident occurred due to Bescom, which had left removed the covering slabs for some wiring work.

"Bescom was doing some wiring work at two places on Castle Street and had left the pavement open at both the places. At one place where Shwetha had fallen, they tried to cover the slabs in a hurry, which can easily be noticed," he said.

BBMP is washing its hands off the incident and holding Bescom responsible for the footpath woes.

However, C K Srinath, assistant executive engineer, Bescom ruled out any Bescom work being undertaken on Castle Street.

"We want to make it clear now. We have not executed any work on this road where the accident occurred. There is no power interruption complaint that we have received from Castle Street. There is no question of opening any footpath slabs near the power distribution junctions," he said.

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