Expressing concern over the poor condition of roads in the metros, the Mumbai and Bengaluru High Courts have reprimanded the civic bodies in these cities. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Bengaluru High Court have recently questioned the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) regarding the poor condition of roads in the cities.
The Mumbai High Court has directed the BMC to prepare a roadmap to fill potholes on 20 worst-hit roads in the Mumbai metropolis. The Mumbai High Court has said that the work of filling the roads should start within a week. Commenting on the dilapidated condition of roads in Mumbai, the Court observed that BMC is a resource-rich municipality. They should spend the tax money for the benefit of the society. The court has directed the BMC to start repairing the damaged roads at the earliest.
At the same time, the Bangalore Municipal Corporation (BBMP) has also been given strict instructions by the Bangalore High Court. The High Court gave a final warning to the BBMP and ordered to fix the time limit for the repair of the roads. The court, while making a strong comment on the matter, said, “BBMP should tell by when they will complete the work of filling the potholes on the roads.”
The Bengaluru High Court also slammed the BBMP for hiding the pothole figures and reporting the wrong figures. The BBMP had told the high court that there were only 221 potholes on the city roads. To this, the court reprimanded and said that the BBMP should share the data honestly. After the court’s stern remarks, the BBMP admitted that there are more than 25,000 potholes on the roads of Bengaluru.
Poor construction quality of roads and lack of maintenance are the main reasons for the formation of potholes on the roads. According to a report by the Ministry of Transport, between 2018 and 2020, there were many accidents across the country due to potholes in which a total of 5,626 people lost their lives.
According to the report, a total of 1,20,806 people died in road accidents during the year 2020. Most of the victims of these accidents were working class youth. The report said that 43,412 (35.9%) of the total road accidents occurred on national highways, while 30,171 (25%) were on state highways. There were 47,223 (39.1%) accidents on other roads.
The maximum number of people in the age group of 18-45 who died in these road accidents. Nearly 70 percent of people in this age group lost their lives in road accidents in 2020. At the same time, the report also said that 87.4 percent of the people in the age group of 18-60 who died were working.
The report also revealed that two-wheelers accounted for the highest number of vehicle categories involved in road accidents, while light vehicles such as cars, jeeps and taxis came second. The share of two-wheeler riders in the total mortality rate was the highest (43.5%) during 2020. 17.8 percent of the people killed in road accidents were pedestrians.
In the Road Accidents Report (2020), overspeeding was cited as the main cause of accidents. Over speeding caused 69.3% of accidents, while driving on the wrong side caused 5.6% of accidents.