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

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Thurs­day ex­pressed con­cern over 14,926 peo­ple be­ing killed in road ac­ci­dents due to pot­holes in the 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 the 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 were 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.

It had asked the Supreme Court Com­mit­tee on Road Safety to look into this "grave is­sue" and file a re­port within two weeks.

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