Deaths in accidents due to potholes are unacceptable: SC

The Supreme Court on Thursday described as “unacceptable” the death of nearly 15,000 people in road accidents caused by potholes in the last five years and said the number was probably more than those killed on the border or by terrorists. This indicates that the authorities concerned are not maintaining the roads properly, a Bench headed by Justice Madan B. Lokur said.

Justices Deepak Gupta and Hemant Gupta were also a part of the Bench hearing the matter. The Bench perused a report filed by the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety, headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan, which said 14,926 persons died in road accidents due to potholes from 2013 to 2017 across the country. “It is almost 15,000 deaths in five years, more that those killed on border or by terrorists,” the Bench said, adding, “These are government figures.” It asked the Centre to file its response on the committee’s report after consulting all the States. The matter will be heard in January.

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