Nine workers killed as crane crashes on tunnel in Maharashtra

Updated: Nov 21, 2017, 02:19 IST | Chaitraly Deshmukh

At least nine workers were killed when a crane crashed on a tunnel on the Neera-Bhima rivers linking project in Pune on Monday evening

Eight labourers working on the state government's project of interlinking rivers - on the section between Nira and Bhima rivers in Pune district - died after the crane they were in crashed down.

Nine workers killed as crane crashes on tunnel in Maharashtra

The incident took place between 5 pm and 6 pm yesterday near Akole village in Indapur taluka. A case of accidental death has been registered at the Bhigwan police station, which falls under the jurisdiction of Pune rural police.

Assistant inspector Nilkanta Rathod said, "The incident took place after the labourers working in the tunnel had finished for the day. Around 5 pm, when they were coming down with the help of a crane, which was linked to a rope, the wheel on which the rope had been aligned broke, and the crane crashed down from a height of 250 feet, trapping the workers. Our team is on the site and rescue operation is on. Of the eight, seven were from Andhra Pradesh and one was a local."

Details about the project
The state is constructing a tunnel from Bharavi to Bhima for carrying 25 TMC of water to Marathwada through Krishna and Nira rivers. Nearly 300 labourers have been working on it for a month now in three shifts. The main purpose of this project is to divert water from the Nira river to Ujani dam in the districts of Osmanabad, Solapur and Pune.

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