The road deaths in Kalyan due to potholes show how civic corruption and negligence take a toll on citizens. The damage done by rigged tenders and bureaucratic lethargy is often weighed in terms of the quality of public amenities without considering its impact on human lives. The fact that no official has yet been held responsible for such a sorry mess speaks for the apathy of the administration. pothole and a bus hit her at Agra Road near Shivaji Chowk in Kalyan. On July 10, Hasim Shaikh (45) from Kalyan died in Kongaon, Bhiwandi, after a truck crashed into the auto he was in due to a pothole. On July 11, a 45-year-old labourer, Anna, fell due to a pothole and a truck hit him.
In Mumbai, after blacklisting a road contractor from Bandra for undertaking shoddy road repairs, BMC on Friday issued an ultimatum to other contractors to fill up all potholes by the weekend. NCP corporators, along with party leader Rakhee Jadhav, put up placards of ‘municipal commissioner’, ‘additional municipal commissioner’ and ‘chief engineer’ at each pothole in Ghatkopar. — With inputs from Pradeep Gupta