A day after 64-year-old Latika Patil died on the Ambernath-Badlapur highway, activists in the city have demanded that liability laws be enforced, especially on the lines of a recent Bombay High Court order that makes government bodies in-charge of maintaining roads liable for any accidental deaths due to bad roads.
Hindustan Times had, on Sunday, reported a landmark Bombay High Court order, where it ruled that agencies responsible for maintaining roads would be responsible, in case lives are lost due to bad roads.
Juhu-based activist Utsal Karani, said: “This order is a welcome relief for citizens. However, this legal liability for civic corporations needs to be extended to other civic services as well. We need to explore if the civic body, for instance, can be dragged to the consumer court by citizens if it fails to provide basic services that it charges its citizens for.