‘Septic tanks have turned into gas chambers’: Shiv Sena slams administration’s apathy after death of three sanitation workers in Mumbai

The Shiv Sena on Wednesday expressed concern over the death of sanitation workers in septic tanks and rued that neither the administration nor the society is sensitive towards their plight

Press Trust of India December 25, 2019 12:31:20 IST
‘Septic tanks have turned into gas chambers’: Shiv Sena slams administration’s apathy after death of three sanitation workers in Mumbai
  • Shiv Sena expressed concern over the death of sanitation workers in septic tanks and rued that neither the administration nor the society is sensitive towards their plight

  • Sena made the remarks in the editorial of its mouthpiece Saamana after three sanitation workers died due to suffocation after getting trapped in a septic tank

  • Many people have lost their lives after slipping into open manholes on roads in Mumbai and its surrounding areas in the last few years

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Wednesday expressed concern over the death of sanitation workers in septic tanks and rued that neither the administration nor the society is sensitive towards their plight.

Septic tanks have turned into gas chambers Shiv Sena slams administrations apathy after death of three sanitation workers in Mumbai

Representational image. Reuters

The Uddhav Thackeray-led party, heading the ruling coalition in Maharashtra, noted that despite the prevailing "clamour for cleanliness", its not clear if anyone realises the sense of anger in families of sanitation workers who lose their lives while cleaning septic tanks or sewers.

The party made the remarks in the editorial of its mouthpiece Saamana after three sanitation workers died due to suffocation after getting trapped in a septic tank they were cleaning in the premises of a residential high-rise in suburban Govandi on Monday.

The Sena alleged neither the administration nor the society is sensitive towards the fact that cleanliness has become 'yamdoot' (messenger of death as per Hinduism) for the "true ambassadors of cleanliness", the sanitation workers. The Marathi daily noted not only in Mumbai, such deadly incidents have occurred in Thane, Kalyan and Nashik in Maharashtra and in other states like Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, too.

Stating that septic tanks and manholes on roads have become "gas chambers" for sanitation workers, the Sena said, "Everyone, from the government to the society, has become proponents of cleanliness. But the same cleanliness has become Yamdoot for the sanitation workers who are the true ambassadors of cleanliness. But neither the administration nor the society is sensitive towards (the issue of their safety)."

Many people have lost their lives after slipping into open manholes on roads in Mumbai and its surrounding areas in the last few years. The publication asked whether anyone will be able to fathom the anger and agony of families of sanitation workers who die in such unfortunate incidents. The Sena, which also rules the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), did not name or specify any campaign as it talked about "clamour for cleanliness".

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a nation-wide cleanliness campaign, is one of the key initiatives launched by the Modi government after it first assumed office in 2014.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Maharashtra govt suspends three, fires three others over Bhandara hospital fire that killed 10 infants
India

Maharashtra govt suspends three, fires three others over Bhandara hospital fire that killed 10 infants

Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope said that learning lessons from the 9 January incident, the state government will carry out a health audit of all the district hospitals in the state in the next 15 days

Maharashtra govt says consulting legal experts for action against Arnab Goswami under Official Secrets Act
India

Maharashtra govt says consulting legal experts for action against Arnab Goswami under Official Secrets Act

In a presser, state home minister Anil Deshmukh referred to the purported chats between Goswami and ex-BARC head Partho Dasgupta, which mentioned that Goswami was privy to the planning of the 2019 surgical strike

Will incorporate 'Karnataka-occupied areas' into Maharashtra, says Uddhav Thackeray
India

Will incorporate 'Karnataka-occupied areas' into Maharashtra, says Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra claims certain areas which are part of Karnataka including Belgaum, Karwar and Nippani, contending that the majority of population in these areas is Marathi- speaking