Mumbai, July 13: After a 45-year-old man died due to a pothole-related mishap, another death due to a deadly pothole was reported in Kalyan on Friday. In the recent accident, the deceased has been identified as 26-year-old Kalpesh Jadhav, who was riding his bike which skidded and fell into a pothole. After that, he was crushed under the wheels of a moving vehicle which was behind him. In Kalyan alone, this is the forth tragic accident due to the potholes in a span of just two days. Jadhav was going to Kalyan station when he met with an accident.
On June 2, a five-year-old boy died after he came under the wheels of a truck when his father’s motorcycle skidded between Shivaji Chowk and Sahajanand Chowk in Kalyan. Similarly on July 8, a 43-year-old woman a pillion rider was killed on Haji Malang Road after she fell off the vehicle after the bike hit a paver block. She died after she was crushed under the wheels of a bus. The CCTV camera placed at the spot captured the entire incident.
Earlier, a 45-year-old man named Anna also lost his life while he was walking on the road. According to eye witnesses, he lost his grip and fell into a pothole. Unfortunately, the moving truck behind him, unable to apply brakes on right time, crushed him under its wheels.
The sixth incident reported on Friday has sent shockwaves through Kalyan, the neighbouring city of Mumbai. Amid the pothole mishap incidents that have been reported, the opposition party Congress also launched a campaign "#Chalo_Pothoels_Ginee", which means "Let's count the potholes." The campaign aimed to provide good roads for citizens who are reeling under the inconvenience caused by shoddy infrastructure. The Congress also issued the WhatsApp numbers of BMC where people can send pictures of potholes and also register their complaints towards the civic authority.
Although rising instances of deaths due to potholes ridden roads has increased in recent times, the CM of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis claimed that in Mumbai the numbers of pothole had reduced immensely in last four year time at monsoon assembly session in Nagpur. During the statement, he also mentioned that he had directed the BMC to take help of IIT-Bombay to improve the quality of the roads and even asked to take action against the road contractors, officers at ward level over the recurring potholes problem.