Pothole Problems: High courts blame Mumbai and Bengaluru civic bodies for neglect

In various states, the high court has begun to criticise the local governments for their inaction or negligence in addressing the issue of road safety. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) were recently questioned by the Bombay High Court and the Karnataka High Court on the state of the roads in Mumbai and Bengaluru. In India, accidents brought on by potholes have claimed the lives of more than 5,000 people, according to official statistics.

The Bombay High Court has instructed BMC to create a plan by next week to fix Mumbai's 20 worst pothole-filled roadways. With the remark that "BMC is a cash-rich municipality and it should invest its money for the public good and do something about potholes on Mumbai roads," the court took a harsh stance against BMC.

Since potholes have become such a problem, the traffic police in Mumbai have also joined the campaign to get rid of them from city streets. To avoid accidents, it has started filling the craters. As the city prepares for its civic elections, potholes are one of the major campaign issues. Devendra Fadnavis, the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, has announced that the CAG will carry out a specific audit into how the BMC operates, including the calibre of its roads. He stated, "We will focus on upgrading the road quality in Mumbai. In three years, we aim to have pothole-free roads. All concrete roads in the city will have a duct facility."

The Bengaluru High Court also gave Bengaluru's civic body a slap on the wrist during this time. The BBMP has been given till today, according to the state's highest court, "You should be able to tell tentatively by when you can fill it up. You are giving 221 as the number. We ask you to be honest. How many potholes?"The court ruled that only important highways share the number of potholes with the city authorities. After much prodding and questioning, the ultimate result was somewhere about 2,5000.

According to a report recently released by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), road accidents brought on by potholes resulted in 5,626 fatalities between 2018 and 2020.

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