NOIDA: A portion of the perimeter wall built around 30 years ago in Jal Vayu Vihar, one of Noida’s oldest colonies, caved in on a group of 12 workers repairing a drain adjacent to it on Tuesday morning, killing four of them.
Two of the wall collapse victims are minors.
The repair and cleaning of the drain was being carried out by a contractor of the Noida Authority. One of the workers told TOI they had informed the contractor that the foundation of the wall was weak and it could collapse, but were told he would “take care of it” while work went on at the site.
No structural analysis of the wall to examine its strength was carried out by the contractor before starting the repair work of the drain.
Gul Mohammad, a sub-contractor who had sourced the workers for the project, was arrested from the Sector 18 metro station later in the day. Mohammad and contractor Sundar Yadav were booked under sections 304 (death due to negligence), 337 (injury due to negligence), and 338 (grievous hurt due to negligence) of the IPC and sections of the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act. We arrested Mohammad from near the Sector 18 metro station. “Sundar Yadav is on the run,” DCP Harish Chander said.
The drain was three feet deep. The section of the wall, which is 9 feet high, that collapsed is around 40 metres wide with a concertina wire mesh running atop it. The four workers who died are Pushpendra Singh (25) his nephew Amit (17) and Panna Lal (25) and his nephew Dharamveer (15). Pappu Singh (25) had the most serious injuries among the survivors. He is admitted at District Hospital in Sector 30. They were the five who were inside the drain and got buried under layers of rubble. Except Dharamveer, who was from Sambhal, all the others had come from Badaun.