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HC orders Delhi authority PSU to pay Rs 10 lakh for deaths of manual scavengers in sewers

The Hindu reported:

Drain deaths: HC orders payout of ₹10 lakh each

The Delhi High Court has directed Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (DSIIDC) to pay ₹10 lakh compensation each to the families of two manual scavengers who died while cleaning a sewer in Bawana Industrial Area here in 2011.

The court said the DSIIDC, which is responsible for developing and providing industrial infrastructure facilities, should have taken necessary steps to ensure that sewers are not opened for cleaning purposes by anyone.

Justice V. Kameswar Rao said any mishap suggests a lapse on the part of the DSIIDC and directed it to pay the amount to the wife and mother of victims Tilak Ram and Bhagwan Singh respectively within three months.

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