Mumbai: 'Safety net', other measures under consideration at Mantralaya
After the recent incidents of accidental deaths and suicide attempts on the premises of the Mantralaya (the state secretariat) here, officials are thinking of putting some urgent preventive measures in effect
After the recent incidents of accidental deaths and suicide attempts on the premises of the Mantralaya (the state secretariat) here, officials are thinking of putting some urgent preventive measures in effect. A convict who was on parole committed suicide by jumping off from the fifth floor of the Mantralaya today.
The incident prompted officials from the Home, Public Works Department and General Administration Department to discuss urgent preventive measures. One of these measures under considerations is fixing a safety net across the first floor, similar to the one used at under-construction high-rises, said a PWD official. "We will discuss some immediate solutions tomorrow at the Mantralaya and see if they can be implemented immediately," he said. "A man from Marathwada had tried to jump off from the parapet of one of the top floors a few months ago.
The home department had (then) carried out a survey of the building and came up with some recommendations," he said. "A joint meeting of Home, PWD and GAD is needed to implement these recommendations. One of the suggestions is to close some windows. "A detailed plan can be executed in coming days step by step, as it takes time and funding. But some of the measures should be implemented at the earliest," the official added. Yesterday a 32-year-old jobless man attempted suicide outside the building, police said.
With the two incidents, preceded by similar attempts coming in quick succession, the opposition was quick to pounce on the BJP-led government, dubbing Mantralaya as the new 'suicide point'.
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