Minor injured in power line mishap seeks Rs 1.5 crore compensation

The High Court has directed J&K government, National Hydroelectric Corporation (NHPC) and Hindustan Constructions Company (HCC) to respond to a plea seeking Rs 1.5 core compensation to a minor who was critically injured when a HT line fell upon him at Mantrigam in Bandipora district in 2018.

Aatif Irshad Kumar through his counsel BA Tak petitioned the Court seeking compensation for treatment after he was critically injured when he came under 33,000 KV supply line.

After hearing Atif’s counsel, a bench of Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey issued notice to J&K government, Commissioner Secretary PWD, Chief Engineer, EM&RE wing Kashmir, Executive Engineer sub transmission division Ganderbal, DC Bandipora, ACR Bandipora and District Medical Board Bandipora.

Senior additional advocate General BA Dar accepted the notice on behalf of the authorities. The Court also issued notice to General Manager, NHPC and Project Manager, HCC Mantrigam and Chairman and Managing Director, Corporate Office, NHPC Haryana.

Aatif, 6, through his father is seeking the compensation on account of the injuries suffered by him. The petitioner submitted that the PWD had installed the HT line near their house in 2008.

The petitioner has placed on record a certificate of District Medical Board, Bandipora which reveals that the minor has suffered 90 percent disability, suggesting that Rs 30 lakh would be the approximate expected expenditure required for the treatment.

With regard to the treatment, the petitioner submitted a certificate issued by the SMHS hospital.

“In order to ensure that the interim compensation is paid to the petitioner for enabling him to undergo the treatment as suggested by the doctors, it shall be advantageous to have the immediate response of the respondents,” the Court said.

The Court directed the J&K government, NHPC and HCC to respond to the plea by7 the minor within two weeks. It listed the petition for further consideration on December 17.