Adilabad: TSNPDCL asked to pay Rs 6L to woman whose husband died of electrocution

In October 2019, Deva Poshakka’s husband Deva Mallaiah got electrocuted while switching off the electric board in his house.

By Sumit Jha  Published on  26 May 2022 8:15 AM GMT
Adilabad: TSNPDCL asked to pay Rs 6L to woman whose husband died of electrocution

Adilabad District Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission has asked the Telangana Northern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSNPDCL) to pay Rs six lakh to a woman whose husband died of electrocution.

In October 2019, Deva Poshakka's husband Deva Mallaiah got electrocuted while switching off the electric board in his house. He was shifted to Government Hospital, Bellampalli, where the duty doctor declared him dead on arrival.

At the time of death, the deceased was hale and hearty. He was earning Rs.15,000 per month as a driver. But due to an untimely death, the complainant lost her only earning member. She suffered physically, mentally, and monetarily.

The complainant served a legal notice to the TSNPDCL to pay compensation and ex-gratia as per government orders. However, they neither replied nor paid the amount. It is alleged that the complainant's husband died due to a high voltage supply to the house.

Denying the allegation, TSNPDCL said Deva died while trying to remove the water heater plug.

"The accident took place due to defective incoming service wire, domestic service wire, faulty internal wiring in the house, and also defective electric appliances which are owned and maintained by the complainant. The issue of the high voltage supply is false and baseless. Had such a thing happened then other residents of the area would have been affected too. But nothing of that sort happened. No complaint was received. The complainant's husband died due to self negligence and no liability lies on us," said TSNPDCL.

After hearing both sides, the commission said it is a fit case of death due to high voltage. "TSNPDCL neither replied to the complainant's notice nor paid the amount. This is sheer negligence. Their integrity is suspect. In their counter pleadings, they said that the main wire is defective. We see that TSNPDCL must maintain the lines perfectly," said the commission.

The commission directed TSNPDCL to pay ex-gratia of Rs.5 lakh and compensation of Rs.1 lakh to the complainent.

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