Sewage worker dies after inhaling poisonous gas

In an unfortunate incident on Wednesday, Bharat Dhaokar, a 43-year-old sewage worker died after inhaling poisonous gas while cleaning a drainage chamber in the Kalewadi area of Pimpri-Chinchwad. The incident poses questions on the attitude of the civic authorities towards their staff.

Seema Savale, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) Standing committee chairperson ensured that the contractor will have to pay Rs5 lakh as assistance to the family of the deceased.

Another worker employed with Dhaokar was rushed to the hospital, and is now out of danger. The PCMC administration has appointed a two-member committee of Joint Commissioner Dilip Gawde and Joint City Engineer Ravindra Dudhekar to probe the incident and take corrective measure to avoid recurrence.

According to Shravan Hardikar, the Municipal Commissioner, both the workers were trying to drain out the water from the drainage chamber using a jet suction machine. To place the machine, as soon as the workers opened the chamber, they suffered from suffocation and had to be hospitalised.

But, as per an eye-witness account, both the workers were lowered into the 10-feet deep chamber and after clearing it, they felt “uneasy and fell unconscious”.

Savale has promised the committee will take swift action and make those responsible pay.

Source – The Indian Express

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Honda to recall over 1.9 lakh cars in India, faulty airbags to be rectified

Honda cars India Ltd. announced on Thursday that it will recall as many as 1,90,578 cars from the previous generation of Accord, Civic, City and Jazz models as part of the global exercise to rectify faulty airbags made by Takata.

Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL) said that they will replace the faulty airbags voluntarily of the stated models of the cars manufactured between 2003 and 2011.

The replacement will be free of cost and will be carried out in a phased manner, starting with the CR-V and Civic in September. The company will communicate directly with the customers, said HCIL in a statement. Honda car owners can check if their vehicles will have to be sent to dealerships by submitting their 17-character alpha-numeric Vehicle Identification Number on a microsite available on hondacarindia.com, reported The Indian Express.

As many as 1, 37,270 units of the ‘City’ manufactured between 2008-2011 will be covered. Hatchback car, Jazz will also be affected with over 15,000 units to be recalled. HCIL also added that over 1,514 units of the premium SUV, CR-V will be affected by it.

Due to faulty airbags manufactured by Takata corp. in Japan, millions of vehicles have been affected and recalled including those from BMW, Chystler, Ford, General Motors etc.

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