Mumbai’s pothole woes refuse to die down. And these deadly potholes have taken thousands of lives in the city of dreams. One of such really painful stories is of this father who has been filling potholes in the city ever since his son died.
According to The Times Of India, 11,386 people died due to potholes from 2013-2017. Out of which 1410 were from Maharashtra!
On July 28, 2015 Dadarao Bilhore lost his son Prakash, in a fatal accident that was caused due to a huge pothole on Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road in Mumbai. Yesterday, he filled up potholes at the same spot as a tribute.
Not wanting another life to be lost in the same incident, Bilhore has been filling potholes. So far, he has filled over 556 potholes. He told the Times Of India that he would continue doing so and, “I have realised that the authorities work only when an accident like this happens. But my questions is, why wait for something to happen?”
He also said that he collects sand and gravel from construction sites by requesting them.
His sister-in-law Radha Bilhore has suffered severe injuries due to a pothole-related incident. She has four stitches on her forehead a deep cut on her left eye when she fell on her face while riding pillion with her son on a motorbike that hit a pothole. When 16-year-old Prakash died three years ago, he was also riding pillion to Radha’s son, Ram, according to Mumbai Mirror.
The family cannot afford to buy a four-wheeler to mitigate the risk of accident due to potholes. Having good roads in the basic facility an urban city like Mumbai must have.
Recently, a man from Mumbai filed an application to the Guinness and Limca Book Of records to declare Mumbai as the city with most potholes.