Deadly potholes claimed several lives across India in 2017

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New Delhi:  Potholes have become one of the major killers on Indian roads. The deadly potholes, claimed almost 10 lives daily with annual fatalities in the country adding up to 3,597,  a more than 50% rise over the toll for 2016. The number of people killed near or on roads under construction also increased from 3,878 in 2016 to 4,250 last year.

  • In the year 2017, due to the potholes, 987 deaths were highest in Uttar Pradesh, whereas in 2016 this figure was 714. Most of the deaths were in Uttar Pradesh in 2016.
  • After Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra has been ranked second in the case of this in the year 2017. There were 726 deaths in 2017, more than double of the 329 deaths in 2016.

  • Haryana is at number three, where 522 people died in 2017. 

  • Due to the potholes in Delhi, 8 people died in 2017, and in 2016 there was no such case.

  • The biggest reason for road accident deaths is to ignore road fault design, poor maintenance and road problems.  

  • One of the major reasons for the deaths due to potholes on the road is corruption among city corporations and road-owned agencies.

Union road ministry officials say the provision of fine against officials has been made in the Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill, considering high number of deaths due to faulty design of roads, poor maintenance and negligence in fixing problems.

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