The main industrialist of Madhya Pradesh, five relatives die in an elevator accident
MHOW: One of the main industrialists and five of their relatives were killed when the elevator of their private cable car under construction near the picturesque waterfalls of Patalpani crashed.
Agrawal's wife, Neeti, is the only survivor of the group, but is in critical condition. Family sources said that apart from Agrawal, 53, those killed include his daughter Palak, son-in-law Palkesh, three-year-old grandson Nav and two relatives of Palkesh: Gaurav and Aarvir. They fell from a height of 100 feet. The Agrawal firm owns around 100 toll roads throughout the country. He and his family members had gone to his farm on a hill, next to the Malendi River, to celebrate the New Year.
Agrawal is turning the hill into a tourist village and the cable car is planned to be one of the attractions. According to sources, the group of seven decided to take a view of the hills from the top of one of the towers about to be completed on Tuesday night. They climbed into a temporary elevator, used to transport workers to the top of the tower. It is still unclear why, but the elevator did not work just when it reached the top and sank 100 feet into the ground.
Farm staff took the victims to the Mewara hospital on Mhow-Indore Road, where Agrawal was pronounced dead upon arrival. Palkesh, Nav, Gaurav and Aarvir died during preliminary treatment when doctors desperately tried to stabilize them.
Lift crash: police have not yet registered a case
Palak died on the way to Choithram Hospital in Indore. Neeti is receiving treatment there, said SP Dhramraj Meena additional.
Police have not yet registered a case, but are trying to find out what went wrong.
Agrawal is the owner and promoter of Prakash Asphalting and Toll Highways (PATH) India Private Limited. Starting as a construction contractor 15 years ago, I had a meteoric. His first contract for a toll road was that of the Rau-Khalghat four-lane highway in 2004.
Since then, he continued to expand his business throughout the country and has a presence in many states.