Unfinished Smart City work on Baner Road claims lives of 2 techies

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Two software engineers were killed in an accident when their motorcycle fell into an open cable duct which was dug up as a part of the ongoing pedestrian pathway project in Baner Road. The pathway construction is a part of the current Pune Smart City Project. The accident took place after Saturday midnight.

The victims- Devashish Vidyanand Saxena (24) and Tejas Tridev Sharma (26)- have been identified by the police. Saxena had moved to Pune from Bhopal and was working for an IT firm in Hinjewadi. Sharma had moved to Pune a few months back from Jaipur and was working remotely for an IT firm based in Mumbai. The accident took place when the duo was returning to their rented flat in Mhalunge near Balewadi after dinner with some friends in Baner. The police have not ascertained the cause of the accident owing to the absence of eyewitnesses and CCTV footage.

“Prima facie, it is likely that Saxena’s motorcycle skidded off the road while negotiating a slight right turn and fell into the duct in front of a prominent clothing store,” a senior police officer said. He also added that “Saxena was wearing a helmet while Sharma was not”.

They were declared dead by the doctors at a private hospital near Pune railway station. Preliminary postmortem report cited head injuries as the cause of death. The families of the two victims have been informed.

Talking to Times of India, senior inspector Anil Shewale of the Chatushrungi police said “for now, we have registered a case of accidental death and have called for all the records from the PSCDCL and the contractor to ascertain if they had proper NOCs for the work and had ensured safety measures. After examining all aspects, we will decide about an FIR.”

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