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Two months after Rajpur accident, potholes still dot Dehradun roads

On August 6, two women came under the wheels of a tanker after their scooter lost balance due to a pothole on Rajpur Road. Subsequently, Rawat had directed the public works department (PWD) to fill up all potholes on the roads immediately. Two months on, residents alleged that potholes remain in Dehradun.

dehradun Updated: Nov 04, 2017 21:03 IST
Neha Pant
Neha Pant
Hindustan Times
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More than 500 people have died and over 1,000 injured in road accidents in Dehradun district alone in the last three years.(HT FILE)

DEHRADUN: Potholed roads remain in many areas of Dehradun, especially on the outskirts, despite chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat’s orders to fill up all potholes after an accident in August.

On August 6, two women came under the wheels of a tanker after their scooter lost balance due to a pothole on Rajpur Road. Subsequently, Rawat had directed the public works department (PWD) to fill up all potholes on the roads immediately. Two months on, residents alleged that potholes remain in Dehradun.

More than 500 people have died and over 1,000 injured in road accidents in Dehradun district alone in the last three years.

“Is the government waiting for more such mishaps to take place...? Immediate action should be taken to fill up the dangerous potholes,” said Rajendra Uniyal, a resident of Sahastradhara Road area, citing how over a dozen people had slipped and got injured in their locality.

“At many places, temporary repair work was carried out (in the aftermath of the August accident) which has now begun to wear off. It has made the roads riskier,” said Rakesh Semwal, a resident of Danda Lakhond area.

PWD engineer-in-chief HK Upreti asserted that a large number of potholes on the main roads were levelled by his workforce in the past two months. “In any case, (repairing) potholes is a continuous process and filling all of them overnight is not possible, especially with the ongoing traffic. We are working to get the remaining potholes filled and duly repaired,” Upreti told HT.

First Published: Nov 04, 2017 21:03 IST