Three workers were killed in an accident at a construction site of quarters for the Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) and Members of the Legislative Council (MLC). The incident took place on Monday at Rayapudi village of Thullur Mandal, in the capital region of Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh.
The workers reportedly died after a lift collapsed. According to the Times of India, the accident happened around 7.30 pm when the three men were working on fixing a passenger hoist in a lift. The safety locks were accidentally released, causing the lift to crash.
The quarters being constructed were a part of the capital city project. The deceased have been identified as Rahul Kumar (21), Kirpal Kumar (29) and Surendra Kumar (48), according to The New Indian Express. All three men were migrant workers from Bihar. While Rahul was from Gaya district, Kirpal and Surendra were from Aurangabad district. The men are said to have been inside a temporary lift on the fourth floor of the building when it collapsed.
The three men were badly hurt and were reportedly taken to NRI Hospital in Mangalagiri in Guntur district. They died while undergoing treatment.
According to the Deccan Chronicle, the men were working at the construction and infrastructure company NCC (Nagarjuna Construction Company). NCC is one of the companies chosen by the Andhra Pradesh government for the mega housing project in Amaravati, along with others like L&T and Shapoorji Pallonji.
Their bodies were sent to Thullur hospital for post-mortem. The police have registered a case under Section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), and the investigation is underway. The other workers are demanding compensation for the three men.
Amaravati was envisioned by TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu as a megacity, encompassing the area of 29 villages between Vijayawada and Guntur districts. The project has been mired in controversy, surrounded by several allegations of land scam and flouting of environmental regulations. Several farmers and people's organisations have been lamenting that the Amaravati project would create food insecurity, with constructions being built on fertile land.
After the YSRCP government recently came to power, most works in Amaravati sanctioned by the TDP government had come to a halt. Works undertaken by private companies had continued with slow progress. The World Bank, too, dropped the $300 million loan to Amaravati project.