THE Supreme Court has quite justifiably expressed its indignation over the death of 15,000 people in road accidents within a period of five years due to negligence of potholes by concerned authorities. The gravity of the situation can be gauged from the fact that these many people have not died in any war or because of terrorism. They are the victims of the neglect of maintenance of roads by concerned authorities. The apex court has quite justifiably blamed the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), municipal bodies and state road departments. The death of so many people in road accidents due to potholes should be a matter of grave concern. The figure given out to the Supreme Court may not project the true picture about the enormity of the problem which these authorities have not adequately assessed and have not taken care of. While rash driving, drunken driving, overloading may be some of the reasons for road accidents on a large scale, potholes become deathtraps for unwary drivers of vehicles. This is totally unacceptable.