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Blasting work at airport site triggers landslide

More than six people were injured after hill cutting and blasting work at the proposed Navi Mumbai airport site triggered a landslide on Saturday.

The NRI coastal police have registered a case against GVK group and its sub contractor, RBR, under Sections 286 (Negligent conduct with respect to explosive substance), 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others), 337 (endangering life or personal safety of others), 338 (Causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 427 (mischief) of the Indian Penal Code.

Blasting work at airport site triggers landslide

Of the injured, Mayur Kamble, Assistant Engineer, CIDCO, and Rajesh Sharma, geologist of GVK group, had to undergo surgery and are said to be in a critical condition. Mr. Kamble suffered multiple injuries to his leg and Mr. Sharma sustained severe injuries in his neck and leg. “We can comment on their condition only after the surgery,” said Dr. Nitin Jagasia, head of emergency, Apollo Hospital.

Blasting work at airport site triggers landslide

The other injured have been identified as Dhiraj M.K., safety officer with GVK, Dhiraj Gupta, mining engineer with GVK, and Shashank Nikam, assistant surveyor with GVK, and Muzafferuddin Mohammad Afzaruddin, also employed with GVK.

Mr. Gupta said, “We were quite far away from the blasting site, but the impact was such that rocks came falling on us in a split second.” Mr. Dhiraj, and Mr. Afzaruddin were discharged after a preliminary check-up.

Big blow: Vinay Hanumant Yatre who sustained head injuries after he was struck by rocks in Ulwe on Saturday.

Big blow: Vinay Hanumant Yatre who sustained head injuries after he was struck by rocks in Ulwe on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: Yogesh Mhatre

Meanwhile, villagers of Siddhart Nagar, situated at the foot of the hill, claimed to have suffered injuries too. Hanumant Yatre, a villager, said, “My son, Vinay (7), was playing with his friends when the landslide happened. The rocks broke the boundary wall and injured a few villagers. My son had to get two stitches for the injuries to his head.”

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