PUNE: The Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) has ordered Rs 24 lakh compensation to be paid to the parents of a 22-year-old girl who died in the accident. She was studying in final year BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) at DY Patil College, Pimpri.
According to Pune police, the accident took place on June 23, 2013, near Nigdi Jakat Naka. Two persons, Suraj Surendra Chhabra (24), a travel business operator from Pimpri and Tanvi Mhatre from Alibaug, died in the accident.
Tanvi’s friends, Karishma Selwani (24) of Mumbai and Rashmi Tripathi (22) of Surat, were injured. Parents of Tanvi moved the MACT for compensation.
The police said the car was moving at excessive speed. They were coming to Pimpri from Mumbai. A container truck was parked negligently on the left side of the road near Nigdi. Chhabra was driving the car and it collided with the container truck. A FIR was registered against container driver Rameshwarlal and owner of the container. Tanvi was unmarried.
“After completing BDS, Tanvi would have earned Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 per month. She had taken a loan of Rs 10 lakh in 2011 from the Central Bank of India,” the petition states.
It was filed against the container owner, Reliance General Insurance Co Ltd with whom the container was insured, car owner Surendra Chhabra (50) of Pimpri and TATA AIG Gen Insurance Company with whom the car was insured. The petitioners sought Rs 37 lakh compensation from them.
MACT Judge RH Mohammed stated, “Considering the facts and circumstances of the case, the timing of the accident, objectionable parking of the container, I hold that the car driver was negligent to the extent of 30 per cent and the container driver who parked the container was negligent to the extent of 70 per cent.”
The MACT awarded Rs 22.93 lakh compensation with 9 per cent interest from the date of filing of the petition in August 2013.