The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed concern over 14,926 people being killed in road accidents due to potholes in the last five years and termed it “unacceptable”. A bench headed by Justice Madan B. Lokur said the number of deaths caused due to potholes across the country was “probably more than those killed on the border or by the terrorists”.
The bench, also comprising justices Deepak Gupta and Hemant Gupta said the number of deaths from 2013 to 2017 in accidents due to potholes indicated that the authorities concerned were not maintaining the roads.
The bench sought a response from the Centre on a report filed by the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety, headed by former apex court judge K.S. Radhakrishnan, on the number of deaths due to potholes in India.
The top court had on July 20 expressed its concern over the deaths and observed that the number of fatalities due to such accidents were more than those in terror attacks.