BENGALURU: A 23-year-old lift mechanic died on the spot after automatic car parking lift collapsed on him at the ground floor of a residential apartment partly under construction in Subramanyanagar on Tuesday. Not only precautionary measures were neglected at the work site where the mishap occurred, but the work was being done despite a neighbouring resident obtaining a stay order from the Karnataka High Court for flouting building norms.
The deceased has been identified as Dhananjay, a native of Hassan, and a resident of Peenya. He was an employee of Srushti Autotech for the past five months, the police said. According to the police, the incident took place around afternoon when Dhananjay along with two other mechanics were servicing the car parking lift at SMR Astra Apartment located in Gayatrinagar. Meanwhile, the lift collapsed on him. He died on the spot and other mechanics pulled him out and rushed him to a private hospital, where he was declared brought dead.
The apartment complex construction had upset nearby residences as they were being deprived of sunlight and space. The High Court had also ruled ‘status-quo’, but the builder, identified as Ramesh Samudrala, continued the work ignoring the court order. “The High Court had directed the parties to maintain status quo. Despite the court's order, Ramesh had been doing construction activities in the upper floors and multi-level car parking in basement floor. If BBMP had enforced/court's order by not giving the occupancy certificate few days ago when I approached them for respite, this unfortunate accident could have been definitely averted,” said Manjula, an aggrieved resident of the neighbourhood.
The police said that no safety measures were taken during the work and a case of negligence has been filed against the employer of Dhanajay from Srushti Autotech. However, the police refused to comment on the High Court’s stay order of maintaining status quo....