Death of an Infant
Chandigarh: A day after an infant died of drowning in a pond in Dinosaur Park, the Municipal Corporation initiated the process of filling up of the pond. The MC completed the filling process by the evening, said an Engineering Department official here on Monday.
It must be mentioned here that the MC had started the process of filling up the pond in the year 2012 after a 20-year-old youth had died of drowning but left it midway. The infant was cremated on Monday.
Playing safe, the MC has filled up the water body with mud after draining out the water in Dinosaur pond in Sector 49 where an infant had drowned. The pond was not in good shape and was full of weeds and slush.
Mayor Asha Kumari Jaswal said she had marked an enquiry into the incident to find out the negligence on the part of officials. Jaswal said, “We have removed the water, filled up the pond and will also ensure that all other water bodies in various parks in the city are made safer. Such incidents are very unfortunate but it seems that the mother of the infant must have been vigilant as she was unaware as to which side her child has gone.
They kept on finding the child in the opposite direction for three hours which we feel is very irresponsible.”
The Engineering Department officials used three JCBs to fill up the pond and the water was drained out and flowed into a vacant plot adjacent to the pond.
Area Councillor finds negligence on part of MC
Hira Negi, area Councillor, said, “She will raise the issue in the House meeting to fix responsibility of the negligence on the part of MC officials. When in 2012 the MC started filling up the pond why it was left incomplete which led to the another incident. It is negligence on the part of the MC officials.”
Mayor orders to make other water bodies safer
Asha Kumari Jaswal has ordered the MC officials to prepare a report on the other such existing water bodies in the city to ensure them to be safer for residents. She said, “We will get a report prepared on the remaining water bodies and ensure that they become safer for the residents so that no such incident is repeated. We will get such water bodies fenced so that not even an infant can cross over.” She also said they had often received complaints about stray dogs and other animals falling into such water bodies, contaminating them.
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