BSNL tower remains an eyesore as court case continues1 min read
Manipal: The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) tower that crashed into the old T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) building three years ago still remains an eyesore on the Manipal landscape. Manipal University (MU) suffered damages worth about Rs. 85 lakh and sued BSNL after the incident. The case continues to this day in Udupi District Court.
The tower collapsed on March 24, 2009 after strong winds and heavy rainfall. A staff member from the Department of Commerce (DOC) said, “It was raining heavily and when we looked out the window, we saw that the tower had collapsed. Fortunately there were no students inside the TAPMI building as the afternoon classes had been cancelled due to Utsav (Manipal University’s cultural festival). Only two labourers got hurt and they escaped with minor injuries.” Adverse weather conditions and structural failures were suspected to be reasons for the mishap.
Jai Vittal, Estate Officer for Manipal University said, “We had filed a case against BSNL and asked for a compensation of close to Rs. 70 lakh but the case is still going on, no action has been taken.”
BSNL authorities had said that they would replace the tower with a temporary one of 40 feet, but no action has been taken since. BSNL authorities refused to comment when contacted.
Sub-edited by: Narayanan G.