BENGALURU: The BWSSB has suspended three engineers who were supervising the under-construction Hebbal STP where a centering crash claimed three lives on Monday. According to a press release, the suspended officials are CM Venkatashiva Reddy, executive engineer; Mohammed Hanif Yatnati, assistant executive engineer and KV Bhagyalakshmi, assistant engineer. All three are attached with the Hebbal STP. Sources in BWSSB told TOI that while Reddy was not present at the spot, Yatnati was there till 10am and left after he was summoned by a Bengaluru-based minister to inspect a sewage treatment plant in his constituency. Bhagyalakshmi, who was at the spot, had not climbed the scaffolding to verify the quality of work being undertaken. Krishna Byregowda, minister for rural development and panchayat raj (RDPR), announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to the families of each of the three men killed in the centering crash at the BBMP’s under-construction STP site. Byregowda announced the compensation on behalf of the state government after visiting the injured at Aster Hospital near Hebbal on Monday evening. BWSSB chairman Tushar Girinath said the contractor, Enviro Control Associates, will pay the compensation and added that if the contractor fails to do so, the BWSSB will pay the relief amount. “But we will deduct the amount while clearing the contractor’s bill,” Girinath added. “Stringent action will be taken against Enviro Control Association, SMC Infrastructure, BWSSB officials concerned and a third party consultancy hired for quality checks,” he said. According to BWSSB officials, work was under way at the Hebbal site from 5am. Concrete was being laid for the dome of the fourth digester, which digests bio-solids and generates methane that is used in generating power.
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June 20, 2019
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