Pune: On the background of the death of three conservancy staff members of Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation, the State government has issued a guideline that conservancy staff members should be allowed to carry out work only after checking working parameters like presence of adequate oxygen level and absence of harmful chemicals.
The government has also instructed that conservancy workers should be trained before being assigned the duty of cleaning manholes.
Deputy Secretary of State government VD Shinde mentions in the guidelines, “Manholes and underground drainage system should be cleaned through machinery. Use manpower to clean only the manholes having less that 1.75 metre depth. The workers should be trained before carrying out this work. Before carrying out this work, the area should be checked for the presence of harmful gases. If the oxygen level is low, the oxygen should be provided artificially for better air circulation.”
The State government’s Rural Development Department has issued these orders about safety of conservancy staff in the rural area. Recently, in Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation limits, three deaths of conservancy workers of Anuradha Industrial Estate took place. Following this, the Human Rights Commissioner issued a summons to the State government and directed it to take precautionary measures during work. So accordingly, the government has issued guidelines on March 5.
“After checking all necessary parameters then only workers should be given permission to start work. Trained Gram Panchayat employees should remain present where work is being carried out. The trained employees cannot leave the place until work is completed. The worker should use a rope before entering the manholes and one end of rope should be given to another worker present on the ground above,” states the order.
The government also states that in case of an accident, the Zilla Parishad should give compensation to workers or his family from cess fund.