Man Falls Into Gutter, Sues Mumbai Corporation For Rs 1.5 Crore

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Man Falls Into Gutter, Sues Mumbai Corporation For Rs 1.5 Crore

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After being discharged, he was bed-ridden for another week and advised six months further rest as a result of which he could not take up the new job offer in Bengaluru, his lawyer said.

Mumbai:  A 51-year-old man, who slipped into a partially covered manhole at Carter road in Mumbai's suburban Bandra and fractured his leg, has sued the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai for Rs 1.5 crore.

Vijay Hingorani, a 51-year-old business development strategist, fell into the gutter after slipping from a partially covered manhole near Otters Club on November 29 last year and fractured his leg.

Seeking damages for alleged negligence, he claimed that because the manhole was not covered completely, he accidentally fell into the gutter and broke his leg.

He also lost a job opportunity to work for a firm in Bengaluru where he was offered attractive remuneration with bonus and accommodation with effect from January 1 this year, according to the notice sent by his lawyer Laxman Kanal.

Mr Hingorani, who was immediately given treatment at nearby Holy Family hospital soon after the incident, has asked for Rs 1.5 crore compensation from the civic body as medical expenses, physical injury and loss of livelihood.

The lawyer said his client was hospitalised for a week during which a steel plate was inserted in his leg. After being discharged, he was bed-ridden for another week and advised six months further rest as a result of which he could not take up the new job offer in Bengaluru.

Mr Kanal said that Mr Hingorani had vast experience in jewellery business, apparel and accessories and had expertise in business strategies and development. As a result of the injury caused by falling into the gutter, he lost a good job opportunity.

The civic body is responsible for maintaining and repairing all the manhole covers in the city and replace them if they break, said Mr Kanal, adding that "this is a case of sheer negligence and hence compensation must be paid to his client failing which they would seek legal remedies."

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