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Pothole politics plays out in Dehradun

On August 6, two women were crushed to death by an oil tanker after the two-wheeler they were riding hit a pothole on the Rajpur Road and lost their balance. The opposition Congress alleged that the BJP government was “not serious” about the issue, as a number of potholes continue to mar arterial roads in the city.

dehradun Updated: Aug 16, 2017 21:22 IST
Neha Pant
Neha Pant
Hindustan Times
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A potholed road in Dharampur Danda area of Dehradun.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Dehradun: The death of two women in Dehradun earlier this month in a road mishap, has sparked off “pothole politics” between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and opposition Congress.

On August 6, two women were crushed to death by an oil tanker after the two-wheeler they were riding hit a pothole on the Rajpur Road and lost their balance.

A day after the accident, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat directed officials of the public works department (PWD) to repair potholes across the state.

The opposition Congress alleged that the BJP government was “not serious” about the issue, as a number of potholes continue to mar arterial roads in the city.

“No repair work has been carried out on a number of potholed roads until now, which speaks volumes about the BJP government’s apathy,” said Congress leader Suryakant Dhasmana, who is carrying out a campaign to highlight potholed roads across the city neighbourhoods.

“At places, there are potholes as deep as 1to 1.5 ft, putting people’s lives in danger,” he said.

“At many places, the authorities are applying quick-fix solution to fill the potholes which are either getting washed away or further damaging the roads due to rain.”

He further said that his campaign will continue until the state government and agencies concerned repair the potholes.

“The way government woke up to the problem only after two young lives were lost, is not only unfortunate but also extremely sad,” said Dehradun city Congress chief Prithviraj Chauhan.

“We highlighted the matter earlier too, but our demands only fell on deaf ears.”

State urban development minister Madan Kaushik, however, said the Congress was only politicising the issue.

“We (BJP government) received a legacy of damaged roads from them (the previous Congress government) and it is unfortunate that they are now politicizing the issue,” he said.

“We are extremely serious about the matter. In fact, Dehradun reflects the image of the entire state and we are taking up road repairing work on a war footing.”

More than 490 people have died and 922 injured in 1,106 road accidents in Dehradun district in the last three years.

First Published: Aug 16, 2017 21:21 IST