Seven killed in Bhopal water tank collapse

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Babulal Gaur and city Mayor face fury of protesters

The debris of the overhead water tank that collapsed in Bhopal on Monday.Photo: A.M. Faruqui
The debris of the overhead water tank that collapsed in Bhopal on Monday.Photo: A.M. Faruqui

Seven persons were killed and 35 injured when an overhead water tank collapsed in the Saibaba Nagar slum area here in the wee hours of Monday.

The overhead water tank of the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) collapsed at Saibaba Nagar at around 1 a.m., killing seven persons and trapping a large number of others, Bhopal Collector Nikunj Shrivastava told PTI.

A number of slums situated in the vicinity of the large water tank also got damaged in the mishap, he said, adding that a magisterial inquiry has been ordered.

The cause behind the sudden collapse is yet to be ascertained.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 1 lakh each for the kin of those killed and directed the officials to provide free of cost treatment to the injured.

Besides, Rs. 25,000 each would be provided to the seriously injured and Rs. 10,000 each to those who suffered minor injuries.

The Chief Minister also directed payment of Rs. 50,000 each to the slum dwellers whose houses suffered major damages and Rs. 20,000 each for the partially damaged ones, the Collector said.

Senior administrative and police officials were camping in the area to supervise the rescue operation.

Meanwhile, Urban Administration Minister Babulal Gaur and city Mayor Krishna Gaur faced the fury of protesters over delay in arrival at the spot. The Minister had to beat a hasty retreat. The Mayor also faced the angry protests and left in a jiffy, area corporator Praveen Parmar told reporters.- PTI



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