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Minister says potholes alone not responsible for deaths

Monday, July 16, 2018
By Suyash Padate

...says 5 lakh other people have travelled on the same road

The Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Chandrakant Patil has created controversy by making insensitive statements regarding potholes and accidents. The minister allegedly stated that when you talk about five death in such an accident, you forget that five lakh other people have travelled on the same road. You can not put the entire blame on the condition of roads alone.

Accidents on pothole-ridden roads claimed four lives in Kalyan area in the last two weeks. Another death was reported in Navi Mumbai. In all these cases, victims lost their balance and fell when their two-wheelers hit a pothole. Against this backdrop, Patil's statement virtually created flutter in political circles.

Patil, while speaking to reporters even went further and said, “The pothole-ridden roads cannot be entirely blamed for accidents. People have an habit of changing their opinions constantly. They will like something for a while and soon pass a negative remark on the same issue. Same thing is happening in case of potholes. The responsibility of potholes fully lies on the civic body.”

“I don't have all the information about the recent accidents. Action will be taken against officials based on the facts of each case,” Patil pointed out, insensitively adding that family members of the deceased will get due compensation.

Nevertheless, the opposition Congress termed Chandrakant Patil's comments as insensitive. “Patil was questioning people's view of roads, but he will understand what people can do after elections,” said state Congress general secretary Sachin Sawant. “The government is not expected to run away by raising doubts about accidental deaths. We condemn the minister for his insensitive comments,” he added further.

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