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Posted at: Dec 7, 2018, 2:07 AM; last updated: Dec 7, 2018, 9:58 AM (IST)

Potholes killed more than on border: SC

Not acceptable

  • The number of deaths between 2013 and 2017 in accidents due to potholes — 14,926 — indicated that the authorities were not maintaining roads. — SC Bench
Potholes killed more than on border: SC

New Delhi, December 6

Expressing serious concern over 14,926 deaths in road accidents due to potholes in the last five years, the Supreme Court today said the number was probably more than those killed on border or by the terrorists. 

A Bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said it was “unacceptable”.  It asked the Centre to respond to a report filed by the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety. The panel headed by former SC Judge KS Radhakrishnan has highlighted the number of deaths due to potholes in India.

Earlier, the top court had asked the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety to look into the matter. It had also said that people who have lost their lives as a result of accidents due to potholes should be entitled to compensation.

Referring to media reports, the court had said, “So many are dying  due to accidents caused by potholes. Reports say that more people have died due to accidents caused by potholes than in terror attacks.” It had asked the committee to file a report within two weeks. — TNS

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