SC Says It Is Concerned Over Large Number Of Deaths Due To Potholes

INDIA’S Supreme Court has expressed concern over 14,926 people being killed in accidents due to potholes on roads across the country in the last five years. A Bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said the large number of deaths caused due to potholes was “unacceptable” and was “probably more than those killed on border or by the terrorists.”The bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Hemant Gupta, said the number of deaths from 2013 to 2017 in accidents due to potholes indicated that the authorities concerned were not maintaining the roads. The bench sought a response from the Centre on the report filed by the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety, headed by former apex court judge Justice K S Radhakrishnan. Further hearing will be in January. The top court had on July 20 expressed its concern over the deaths and observed that the number fatalities due to such accidents was more than those in terror attacks. Observing  that the situation is is  frightening, the top court had asked the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety to look into the matter. The bench had also said that people who have lost their lives as a result of accidents due to potholes should be entitled to compensation. It was a matter of common knowledge that a large number of people have died in such accidents and authorities, who were supposed to maintain the roads, were not doing their duty properly, the bench had said. Referring to media reports, the top court had said, “So many people are dying in the country due to accidents caused by potholes on roads. Reports say that more people have died due to accident caused by potholes than the deaths in terrorists attacks”.

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