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Mumbai Fatal Potholes, Mounting Accidents And Apathy From Civic Bodies

Written By Yash Sanghvi | Mumbai | Published:


  • In 2018, the Supreme court had noted close to 3,500 deaths due to pothole-related accidents in Mumbai
  • Civic bodies neither taking responsibility nor action to make the conditions better

On their way home on Sunday, September 8, a couple fell into the pothole and suffered injuries. This has become a regular occurrence in Mumbai and the pothole in question is located in the Wadala area of Mumbai. Ever since the incident occurred, the pothole has simply been covered with a barricade, it can be viewed in the image below. As seen in the image below, the pothole is not only massive but also dangerous. Republic TV has received reports of open manholes and potholes that have been causing inconvenience to the people of Mumbai. 

Close to 3,500 deaths due to pothole-related accidents in Mumbai

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Ever since the incident which took place at night, the pothole has been simply covered by the barricade and the authorities seem unbothered to make the necessary repairs, the pothole is in the middle of the Eastern express highway. The MMRDA, PWD or the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are yet to take action, nobody from either of the organisation has shown up to even inspect the pothole. In 2018, the Supreme court had noted close to 3,500 deaths due to pothole-related accidents in Mumbai, there is no accountability from the authorities. 

The Mumbai pothole on Sunday, September 8, had claimed another life in the form of a 47-year-old auto driver, Nirmal. The auto-rickshaw driver was ferrying passengers when it began to rain heavily and upon driving into a pothole he lost control and his auto-rickshaw overturned on him; as for his passengers, they were lucky to escape with injuries. Nirmal is survived by three girls and a wife and was the sole earner for the family. This comes following a 12-year-old boy who died after falling into a water-filled pit, dug for the construction of the Coastal Road, near Worli, a civic official said Saturday. 

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A report shows 9,943 accidents recorded

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A report shows that till July 28 in 2019, 9,943 accidents were recorded, in which 137 people lost their lives and 579 were injured. In a reply to a right to information (RTI) query filed by activist Shakeel Ahmed, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) Disaster Management cell issued a report showing records of the number of accidents that occurred from Jan 1, 2019, to July 28, 2019. 

According to the statistics, a total of 9,943 accidents have been recorded in the stated time period, in which 137 people were killed. A total of 579 people were injured in these accidents. Types of accidents mentioned in the report were mainly because of falling trees/branches, house-building-and wall collapses, fire incidents, short circuits, gas leakages, collapse of foot overbridges, accidents due to potholes, drowning in the sea, falling into drains, rivers, wells, sewers, manholes and food poisoning among others. According to reports published in December 2018, after a detailed investigation had been carried out, 56 BMC officials were found guilty in the road scam of 2015.


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