Rajanna-Sircilla: Seven workers died as the roof of the underground tunnel of Kaleshwaram project caved-in near Thippapur of Illanthakunta mandal on Wednesday. In all eight persons were at work when a part of the tunnel roof collapsed in the impact an air blast and landed on a boomer machine. Six of the workers died on the spot while one succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
The deceased were identified as Sandeep Kumar from Mulugu, Jithendar (Bihar), Hari (Orissa), Harish Chander, Hakheem, and Dathma, all from Chhattisgarh. Another person Purna Singh breathed his last while undergoing treatment in Karimnagar district headquarters government hospital in the evening. All the victims are aged between 25 to 30 years.
As part of the package X of the Kaleshwaram project, a tunnel is being constructed near Thippapur, about 25 kilometers away from the district headquarters. It was intended to take water to Anathagiri reservoir from Mid Manair project.
The team working on boomer machine was returning from the work place, some two kilometres inside the tunnel, after completing their assignment for the day when the a portion of roof measuring some five square metres fell on them from a height of about 70 metres.
District collector D Krishna Bhaskar, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Karimnagar Range, C Ravi Varma, Superintendent of Police, Vishwajeet visited the spot. Terming the incident as unfortunate, collector assured to provide all possible assistance to the kin deceased on behalf of the government. The bodies were shifted to Karimnagar hospital for postmortem.