Two years after the Gokhale bridge collapse at Andheri railway station on July 3, 2018 modified his life for the more severe, the lockdown owing to Covid-19 outbreak has dealt one other blow to Girdhari Singh Shikhawat, 45.
Shikhawat had suffered fractures to his rib cage, shoulder and on each the fingers within the incident. He remained within the civic-run Cooper Hospital for a month and moved again to his hometown in Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan.
“I took very long to recover. I came back to my hometown and wanted to go back. However, my hands never healed completely. The company where I worked in Mumbai wouldn’t have taken me back,” he stated.
Shikhawat then began to work at a garment store in Jhunjhunu, dealing with receipts and money. “I could only do limited work because my hands were severely damaged. But owing to the lockdown, the shop too was shut. Amid the lockdown, I am struggling to
even get odd jobs,” stated Shikhawat.
Shikhawat acquired ₹1 lakh compensation from the Western Railway. Shikhawat is now depending on the household’s farm to assist his spouse and two kids, however that revenue too will get divided amongst different family members.
On the fateful day, two folks misplaced their lives as part of the bridge collapsed, whereas Shikhawat was among the many three injured.
The 45-year-old was heading to his manufacturing facility within the western suburbs the place he labored as a safety guard.
As the pathway collapsed, Shikhawat fell contained in the rubble on to the railway tracks.
“The incident is still fresh in my mind. I was walking on the bridge and directly collapsed onto the railway tracks. I was under the debris the next minute. People rushed to help and pulled me out of the debris.”
An in depth report by the Western Railway later revealed the collapse was as a consequence of heavy corrosion and elevated weight of utilities on the bridge.