In a rather untoward incident, two daily wage laborers lost their lives while working on a sewage line. While one of the bodies was found, the body of the second laborer Anthaiah was found nowhere, and the authorities gave up the search. However, later, the search shifted to a lake about 15 km away in Pasumamula village, where the body might have got swept along with the sewage flow. Anthaiah's son Nagaraju alleged that the GHMC officials are extremely negligent, and they are not making significant efforts to retrieve his father’s body.
The issue puts forth the importance of having machinery to do such works instead of using manual labor. The twin deaths show the blatant violation of human dignity and also highlight how such cases mostly go unnoticed due to several reasons. Here, it has to be noted that often labor is used to enter sewage manholes which can get extremely dangerous.
The two workers were called for the job late in the night for fixing the rope of the bucket cleaning machine inside the pipeline through a manhole. One entered the manhole and died, and then the second entered and died.
Usually, sewage machines are used to clear blockages or choking of pipelines. However, in Padmavathi Colony, the issue was that of silt getting deposited inside the pipeline, to which bucket cleaning machines are the means.
However, what’s pathetic is that no compensation has been announced for the laborers’ families as the GHMC has not issued any statement and neither did Mayor Gadwal Vijayalakshmi or GHMC commissioner visit the spot. Also, the GHMC maintains that it has not given permission to the contractor to work at night or to get manual labor.