L&T to compensate elevated road mishap victims ‘adequately’

Contractor Larsen & Toubro will talk to families of labourers killed and injured in collapse of a segment of the Sahar elevated road outside the new airport terminal Wednesday and compensate them adequately.

Three labourers were killed and six injured while launching a segment of the road connecting the under-construction airport terminal T2.

"They were our labourers and we will compensate adequately. The compensation will not necessarily be as per Workmen Compensation Act. Problems of every family will be different. We will interact with each of them and decide," an L&T official said.

Ram Balidas Chandrikadas (44) of Bihar and Jaichand Mandal (30) and Santosh Das (26) of West Bengal were killed in the accident.

Within hours of the mishap, the six injured labourers were rushed to neighbouring SevenHills and Holy Spirit hospitals, while bodies were taken to Cooper Hospital for post-mortem. Two of the injured were discharged after first-aid. Of the others, two are on ventilator at SevenHills Hospital.

"Rescue started almost immediately as Marol Fire Brigade is very close to the construction site. Within an hour-and-a-half, all those stuck under the debris were pulled out and rushed to hospital," head of security at the site said.

The road was always barricaded and no unauthorised person or vehicle was allowed, he said, adding that the labourers used safety gear.

While work on the connector to Andheri-Ghatkopar Link Road has been stopped, other connectors to the new terminal building will continue to be contructed.

The new airport terminal starts international operations by yearend.

"An investigation will find out what exactly went wrong. We will resume work on this connector as soon as the debris is cleared in a couple of days. The accident will not impact project deadline," the L&T official said.

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