Pune: Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) has paid about Rs 32 lakh as compensation to a seven-year-old girl who lost her left leg after being hit by a public bus.
Samrudhi Satyappa Ghogare, a resident of Bhekrainagar in Hadapsar, now goes to school using an artificial leg. She sustained 70 per cent permanent disability as her left leg was amputated below the knee. Her father is a driver.
The incident took place on May 1, 2013. Samrudhi, then aged 3, was with her mother Rajshri at the Ramtekadi PMPML bus stop. They had taken shelter at the bus stop because it was raining. At around 6.15 pm, a PMPML bus arrived at high speed and ran over the railing of the bus stop.
Samrudhi’s left leg was stuck between the bus and the railing. Her mother admitted her to Inamdar Hospital for treatment. However, she lost her left lower limb and was permanently disabled. After this, Samrudhi was completely on bed rest for six months and was required to be moved on stretcher.
She was required to pay visits to the hospital twice a month. In September 2013, her father moved the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) seeking compensation of
Rs 27 lakh.
“For fixation of the artificial leg, she is required to spend Rs 20,000 per year and the cost of that artificial leg is likely to increase by 10 per cent a year. Thus, Rs 27 lakh was claimed on account of compensation under different heads,” her lawyer Vikas Shinde said.
The bus driver, Vikas Gawde (29) of Pimpri, didn’t attend the court hearings. The victim’s mother has registered an FIR against him with Wanawadi police.
PMPML has denied that the accident happened due to rash and negligent conduct of the driver.
The public transport body held the victim responsible for the accident. However, MACT Judge AG Bilolikar passed a verdict stating against the
public transport body.
“The MACT had granted Rs 24.5 lakh compensation with 9 per cent interest since filling of the application,” Shinde said.
“The transport body has paid about Rs 32 lakh as compensation,” he added.