Hyderabad: A day after the death by electrocution of an Territorial Army aspirant while attending nature’s call, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation officials installed two toilets while the electricity department provided lighting in the area by Tuesday.
However, the aspirants had to sleep on the pavements waiting for their turn for the physical tests at the 125 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) recruitment rally, on the second day. The recruitment was carried out for the candidates from Rajasthan and Maharashtra on Tuesday at the office of the Railway Engineer (Territorial Army) in Moula Ali area of Malkajgiri.
Saika Aravind, 19, a second-year graduate student from Vanaparthy district who went to attend the recruitment rally on Monday, died of electrocution when he went to attend nature’s call at an open place near the venue during the early hours.
The thousands of aspirants who came to the city to attend the rally had to sleep in the open in the cold weather on pavements and roads near the venue. As the recruitment process starts at 5 am, the youngsters had to wait in the queue all night.
On Monday night, the electricity department officials stopped the power supply to the 11 KV line that caused the death of Aravind, and are also planning to shift the lines. Officials said that the sand that was dumped after some road works brought down the minimum ground clearance for the wires carrying electricity. “There are three power lines through the 11KV conductor and only one among them was used, while the other two were kept idle,” said an official. “The cables should have a ground clearance of 7 metres and it was not maintained due to the dumping at the spot. But we had no information about the dump. Soon after receiving the complaint we have turned off the lines and they will be shifted in two more days,” said director, Operations, TSSPDCL J. Srinivas Reddy.