Mumbai Rains tragedy: Manhole that Dr Deepak Amrapurkar fell into had bamboo barricades

August 29 is a day Mumbaikars can never forget. BMC’s alleged negligence led to claiming the life of noted doctor Deepak Amrapurkar (58). Well, his death is still a mystery. He went missing from Elphinstone road in central Mumbai on Tuesday, but his body was recovered from Worli sea face on Thursday.

Locals from Elphinstone told Hindustan Times that, he fell into an open manhole though it was barricaded with bamboo strips. The locals also claimed that they yelled at an elderly man, who they think was Dr Deepak Amrapurkar telling him to be careful while stepping ahead, but he carried on walking in the waist deep water and then suddenly disappeared into the manhole, before anyone can do anything.

Prathmesh Mahekar told Hindustan Times, “The floodwater was flowing into the hole like a strong whirlpool and one could see that. People warned the doctor not to head that way. I did not see what happened but I heard he was walking toward Prabhadevi.”

It is unclear that who had opened the manhole, but it was opened up for flood water to flow away. V H Khandkar, deputy chief engineer in the civic body told Hindustan Times, “The BMC opens manholes for maintenance only during April-May and between October-December. So, it was not opened for any maintenance work. However, it is evident from the damaged edge that someone opened it using a crowbar.”

Well the blame game is on between the locals and the BMC, but it’s so far clear that there were many manholes that were opened up on that day for flood water to flow. Although it is unclear who opened the manholes, only the further investigation in this case will throw some light in this matter.

Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta on Friday ordered an enquiry into the death of Dr Deepak Amrapurkar. Mehta has asked for a report within 15 days, said an official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

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