7 die as tunnel roof collapses in Kaleswaram project works

Hyderabad: Seven workers were killed and another worker sustained serious injuries when the tunnel roof of Kaleswaram Project works collapsed at Ellanthakunta in Sircilla Rajanna district on Wednesday.

Following the collapse of air block,a huge 7-meter stone fell on the workers and six of them died instantly. Two of the injured workers were taken to hospital immediately but one of them died on way to hospital. The workers were from Odisha, Bihar and Jharkand.

The tragedy took place at the tenth package works when the workers were working on tunnel work. Following the tragedy, works were suspended.

The killed were identified as Gautam, 24, Hariram, 24, and Harischandra, 35, from Chattisgarh, Hari, 38,from Odisha,  Jitender Singh, 25 of Bihar and Jayaprakash, 26, from Bhupalapally district. 

Even as the Congress demanded a compensation of Rs. 20 lakh compensation to the families of the each of the killed, the project contractor announced a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh each.  TS Government has ordered an inquiry into the tragedy.