Civic body yet to revert to accident victim’s RTI query

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 24 June 2018

“The accident caused me a lot of damage and distress. I also had a sprain in my neck. Hence, I decided to take up this matter in my hands and to find out who the contractor for the construction was,” Minal Kushte said

Pune: A woman, who met with a minor accident in March this year on the Pune-Satara road after the contractor overlooking the construction of the road, sprayed water on the road without any notice board, had filed an RTI with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) asking for regulations and rules to be followed by a contractor with the PMC. 

It has been more than a month but the PMC yet to reply.

Minal Kushte, a doctor from Ratnagiri, was travelling in her car from Pune-Satara Road, which was undergoing repair and construction and the contractor had sprayed water on the road but had apparently not put up any notice or safety measures. 

After a bike rider slipped and fell, the car in front of her applied brakes, nearly missing crushing the rider and causing Kushte’s car to slam from behind.

“It caused me a lot of damage and distress. I also had a sprain in my neck. Hence, I decided to take up this matter in my hands and to find out who the contractor for the construction was,” Kushte said, adding, “I wanted to know what are the rules and regulations that a contractor has to follow while carrying out such works and who should take responsibility for the damages that happen in such accidents. So I filed an RTI with the Information officer of the State as well as the PMC.”

“The Public Works Department replied to me saying that in cases where accidents happen due to the negligence of the contractor, the agreement with the contractor carries a clause that the contractor is to pay the damages,” Kushte said, adding, “But the PMC replied to my first RTI saying that they are ‘unable to understand my question or demand for information’. 

To which I replied with an explanation and after more than a month, I am yet to get a reply.”

 

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