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Truck runs over Metro warden on Pune’s Raja Bahadur Mills road, kills him

The incident took place in front of the All-India Shri Shivaji Memorial Society’s Education institute on the Raja Bahadur Mills road, behind the Pune railway station

Updated: Feb 18, 2020 16:37 IST

By Steffy Thevar, Hindustan Times Pune

The police have arrested the truck driver and have registered a case against him, said Metro officials (HT FILE PHOTO)

PUNE A traffic warden working for Maha-Metro contractor J Kumar, died on the Raja Bahadur Mills road on Monday morning after being run over by a truck.

According to Maha-Metro officials, the warden was hired to regulate traffic and had worked for the agency for just two days in January. He was on his way to collect his salary, when the truck hit him.

The police have arrested the truck driver and have registered a case against him, said Metro officials.

Dr Naresh Zanjad, head of the forensics department at Sassoon hospital said, “The name of the man is Siddharth Kamble, aged 35. The cause of the death is multiple injuries and he was announced dead on arrival. As of Monday evening the body is still at the mortuary as the family is yet to claim it.”



The incident took place in front of the All-India Shri Shivaji Memorial Society’s Education institute on the Raja Bahadur Mills road, behind the Pune railway station.

Metro general manager Hemant Sonawane said, “The incident took place at 10:30 am in the morning when a truck ran over a traffic warden who was hired to maintain traffic near the metro construction stretch. As per the agreement clause, metro contractors are also responsible for managing traffic.”

Sonawane alleged that it is a case of rash driving on the part of the truck driver. “Therefore, the contractor cannot be penalised as there is no fault on the contractor’s behalf,” said Sonawane.

This is the second such incident when a worker on the Pune Metro project has died.

On December 24, 2019, a worker on the metro site near Mobo’s hotel, Bund Garden road, died after a crane used to lift the steel centring plate ran over the man.

Past incidents

January 4, 2020: A steel cage, created to support pouring of reinforced concrete for metro pillars, weighing one tonne, fell on the pedestrian section of the Sangam bridge on Saturday morning. No injuries reported.

January 5, 2019: A 30-foot long piling rig, weighing 120 tonnes, collapses at Nashik phata on the od Pune-Mumbai highway. No injuries reported.

May, 2018: A reinforcement bar used to build the pier of the Metro rail viaduct along the Mutha riverbed bends near Lakdi pul (bridge). No injuries reported, but Metro issues notice to contractor.

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