Potholes Killed Over 3,500 Across India In 2017, UP Tops The List With 987 Deaths

| July 15 , 2018 , 15:04 IST

Potholes across India claimed almost 10 lives daily with annual fatalities in the country having crossed more than 3,500 people in 2017, witnessing more than 50 percent rise in toll since 2016.

The total number of people killed near or on roads at the time of construction also increased from 3,878 in 2016 to 4,250 last year.

Simultaneously, 803 people died due to terror-related activities in India in 2017, with the inclusion of civilians, security personnel, and unidentified terrorists.

It is learnt that roads in many parts of the country often develop potholes at the time of monsoon, which ultimately results in severe accidents and traffic jams.

Considering data shared by the states, it showed that 987 such deaths were reported in Uttar Pradesh state, in Maharashtra it was recorded 726 and 522 in Haryana.

The data further stated that 714 people had died in similar kind of cases in Uttar Pradesh in 2016 whereas 329 were recorded in Maharashtra.   

Talking to the media, The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways official said, “A section in the Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill provides for the imposition of fine on officials as several people are killed due to faulty design of roads, poor maintenance and negligence. The bill is stuck in Parliament due to frequent disruption in proceedings."