Dadarao Bhilore lost his 16-year-old son Prakash on July 28, 2015. He lost his son because of a pothole near the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli area. After he lost his son to a pothole, Dadarao Bhilore started filling up potholes all over the city and has successfully filled up around 576 potholes so far. The unsung hero who went through the tragic loss of his son has not just inspired residents of Mumbai but people all over the country. Bhilore took it upon himself to tackle the problem of potholes all over the city.
When asked if he had managed to bring about a change when it comes to the civic bodies doing their job right, he said "I have been seeing since three years and there are a lot of potholes in Mumbai. The authorities had filled them but they say that the potholes keep on occurring every monsoon. So I took it upon me to fill them. Last year the court had passed an order to move the paver blocks while mending potholes which was not followed by most of the contractors and workers, resulting in potholes again."
Dadarao who has inspired many across the country said, "Potholes are a common problem not just in Mumbai but Punjab, Karnataka and many other states. I get calls from all over the country to help them fill the potholes. I ask them to do what I have been doing here to bring about that change."
When asked if he is reminded of his deceased son when he sees a pothole Bhilore said "I had never filled a pothole in my life before my son passed away. When he passed away I filed an FIR and the next day the pothole was filled. I never thought that these potholes could be life-threatening till I lost Prakash. When I heard incidents of potholes taking lives, I took it upon myself to deal with it."
Talking about when he first started filling potholes, Dadarao Bhilore said, "I started with filling a pothole in front of my shop and saw how smoothly cars went over it. Thereafter, I started filling more potholes in a similar way." The social worker further went on to say, "It feels good to be able to save so many lives and I feel as if this is my tribute to my son who passed away because of a pothole."
Talking about the ignorance of civic bodies over this issue Bhilore said, "The government keeps on saying that we fill it up but these potholes keep on recurring due to rains." Talking about his deceased son, Dadarao said, "I would never want anyone to go through the loss that I have, but if the ministers go through the same thing, they'll definitely mend the potholes." He further went on to say that out of 20% roads that are made of cement, most of them are just potholes instead of roads.