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HT line deaths: HC orders Rs40L for probe

Nagpur: The Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Friday directed energy entities — Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd (MSEDCL) and SNDL together with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) — to deposit Rs10 lakh each with its registry against expenses of specially-constituted panel for probing deaths of 2 minors due to electrocution by high tension (HT) lines.

A department bench comprising Justice Ravi Deshpande and Justice Vinay Joshi requested the respondents to finish formalities inside of two weeks. The directives got here while hearing a suo motu PIL based on NewsTread reviews on deaths of 11-year-old twins Priyansh and Piyush Dhar and five-year-old Umesh Pande due to electrocution in June 2017, through which Shreerang Bhandarkar was appointed as amicus curiae.

Earlier, the panel inspected 32 HT feeders masking North Nagpur and located 1,288 violations, together with 1,068 structures. Of them, 727 person violators are under the NMC’s jurisdiction while 561 under the NIT. It identified that most of the construction owners near HT lines don’t have sanctioned building plans and even DCR norms are brazenly breached by them, due to apathy of the civic our bodies. It estimated that Rs758.70 lakh could be required for executing the works of rectifications of HT lines regarding the 32 HT feeders.

The panel additionally really helpful demolition of prolonged civil buildings in a couple of cases of person violators, like those present in Armors Township, to be able to make their properties secure from overhead HT lines. Of overdue, the members ran out of cash, which was earlier deposited by all 4 entities. Bhandarkar appealed to the HC for directives to respondents to deposit their percentage of dues for clean functioning of the panel.

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