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Around 15,000 deaths in road accidents due to potholes ‘unacceptable’, says Supreme Court

Prime News, National (New Delhi), December 6:- The Supreme Court on Thursday termed 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 authorities concerned are not maintaining the roads properly, a bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said.

“It is unacceptable that such a large number of death takes place on roads due to potholes,” said the bench, which also comprised Justices Deepak Gupta and Hemant Gupta.

The bench perused a report filed by the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety, headed by former apex court judge Justice K S Radhakrishnan, which said 14,926 persons had died in road accidents due to potholes from 2013 to 2017 across the country.

“It is almost 15,000 deaths in five years, probably more than those killed on the border or by terrorists,” the bench said, adding, “These are government figures”.

The bench asked the Centre to file their response on the committee’s report after consulting all state governments and posted the matter for hearing in January.

Advocate Gaurav Agarwal, assisting the court as an amicus curiae in the matter, said the committee has filed a report on the issue following the apex court’s direction and consulted all the states.

He said the data on death in such accidents was based on the figures of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

The bench observed that many authorities like the municipal corporations, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), concessionaires working with them or the state road departments would be responsible for these deaths as they were not maintaining the roads. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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