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14,926 People Killed In Road Accidents Due To Potholes In Last 5 Yrs, Probably More Than Those Killed On Border Or By The Terrorists: SC

The Supreme Court Thursday expressed concern over 14,926 people being killed in road accidents due to potholes in last five years and termed it “unacceptable”.

A bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said the large number of deaths caused due to potholes across the country 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 a report filed by the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety, headed by former apex court judge K S Radhakrishnan, on the number of deaths due to potholes in India.

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.

Terming the situation as 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 an accident caused by potholes than the deaths in terrorist attacks”.

It had asked the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety to look into this “very serious issue” and file a report within two weeks.

The apex court had also said that the committee should give recommendations as the issue was a part of road safety.

The matter had cropped up before the bench when it was hearing an issue related to road safety across the country

 (This story has not been edited by LiveLaw and is from PTI feed)

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  • Udaya shankar Mishra says:

    SC comment on death due to path hole is more than death of people in terror has disillusioned the people. U have not seen the death on express way which is maintained is more fatal for accidental death in no u subscribe to path hole is more is the product of ill thoughts.we certainly worry for death due to path hole but it’s comparison with terror death and blind view on express way is unacceptable . People die more without justice living in distress impounding years in court is more anguishable than the death due to others for which people make the govt accountable but judiciary is free of all accountable is the main cause of lethargic approach. Much time is wasted in frienge elementary cases related more about politics.

  • Aswin Prabhu says:

    What a deplorable state of affairs… Country’s apex court must be called upon to monitor potholes on our roads… Shouldn’t this be relegated to respective high courts in each state?