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Yohan Poonawalla’s driver has a close shave as billionaire’s Porsche goes up in flames

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A couple of weeks after his 2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo caught fire on Bandra’s Hill Road, Pune-based billionaire industrialist and car aficionado Yohan Poonawalla is still disturbed.

“Cars come and go. What has been troubling me since the past two weeks is that it could have been one of my family members or the driver in the car when the fire broke out,” Poonawalla tells ETPanache from Pune.

The driver, Shekhar Chivate, was in the car, but got out when alerted by an onlooker.

The incident took place around midnight on Saturday, April 25, when Chivate was on his way from Bandra to Poonawalla’s Breach Candy home after dropping off guests at the Taj Lands End hotel in the Porsche. Poonawalla had proceeded to Breach Candy separately.

he incident took place around midnight on Saturday, April 25, when Chivate was on his way from Bandra to Poonawalla’s Breach Candy home after dropping off guests at the Taj Lands End hotel in the Porsche. Poonawalla had proceeded to Breach Candy separately.

According to a witness, flames started to emanate from the lower region of the SUV. Passersby alerted Chivate, who pulled the car over on one side and got out. Within a few minutes, the car was burnt down to a crisp skeleton. The witness says two police cars and two fire brigades arrived at the scene after almost 15 minutes.

“I was on an overnight trip to Mumbai with some guests, who were dropped at Taj Lands End by the driver in this car. Usually, when it is a weekend trip to the city, my wife and children use this car,” says Poonawalla. According to him and the police report, there was no accident or collision. The fire erupted on its own.

The car was later towed away to a Porsche workshop in suburban Mumbai. The Bandra police station filed an accident report.

Since the incident, a back and forth ensued between Porsche and Poonawalla. Poonawalla says, “I called Porsche India’s director Anil Reddi in the morning, I had left him a text late at night. He asked me to wait for 48 hours and said that he will revert then. Days have passed by and all I have heard from him is that he went to Germany for a pre-scheduled meeting, where he brought this issue up and then later, that the company has not found a suitable expert to investigate the matter.”

When ETPanache contacted Porsche, he wrote in an email, “Porsche India is aware of the incident involving a 2011 Cayenne Turbo on fire in Mumbai. Fortunately, there were no personal injuries to any parties at the scene of the incident. We are in direct contact with the owner of the vehicle and are taking immediate action to ascertain the cause of the fire,” says Reddi.

Experts in the auto industry say that a matter like this takes more than just two weeks to resolve. But every case is different. Sources within Porsche requesting anonymity said that an investigator is on his way to India from the company’s headquarters in Germany. Meanwhile, there is no financial compensation for Poonawalla, since the car was third party insured.

Source : Economic Times

 

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