Mumbai: The husband of a former Doordarshan anchor, who was crushed to death on Friday morning when a coconut tree fell on her, is now planning to sue the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Kanchan Nath (58) was out on a morning walk when the coconut tree fell on her in Mumbai’s Chembur. Footage from a nearby CCTV camera showed passersby rushing to her aid and trying to remove the mammoth tree off Nath. She was taken to the hospital and succumbed to her injuries the next day.
“Once I am done with my responsibilities, I will sue the BMC… I will not get my wife back, but this should not happen to anyone else,” said Rajat Nath to CNN-News18.
CNN-News18 has learnt that nearby residents had complained to the BMC in February that the tree’s branches were falling onto the road, posing a hazard to pedestrians and motorists. CNN-News18 has a copy of the complaint.
Rajat Nath, Kanchan’s husband, told CNN-News18 that the civic body had assured them and then certified the tree as “healthy”. “We (the society people) had complained to the BMC about the tree. They assured us on Friday that they were coming in an hour and then stopped picking our calls. The BMC had certified that the tree was healthy,” said Nath.
“How can the tree be healthy when it was over 50 years old? The tree had stopped bearing any fruit and had gone weak. The BMC is more interested in people making fun of them rather than taking note of the complaints filed by the people. Look at what has happened with RJ Malishka. She made a video about them and they are trying to sue her. Look at the conditions of the roads,” said Nath.
The incident is likely to result in more flak for the Shiv Sena-led BMC. The civic body is already under fire shooting off a notice to radio jockey Malishka Mendonsa after her parody video mocked the corporation for the city’s potholed roads.
The notice has asked Malishka to pay Rs 10,000 as fine after an Aedes mosquito breeding site was allegedly detected at her house.