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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

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