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Pothole death: BJP blames Delhi govt, seeks probe and Rs50 lakh aid for victim’s family

Jagdish Sukhija, 61, a resident of Rohini Sector-13, bled to death after his two-wheeler allegedly hit a pothole on the road next to Metcalfe House on Ring road on Wednesday.

delhi Updated: Oct 29, 2017 20:30 IST
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The repaired pothole in Civil Lines on Friday. Jagdish Sukhija, 61, died after his two-wheeler allegedly hit a pothole on the road next to Metcalfe House on Ring road on Wednesday. (Ravi Choudhary/HT )

Blaming the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government for the death of an elderly man in a road accident caused by a pothole in Civil Lines on Wednesday, leader of the opposition in Delhi assembly, Vijender Gupta, has demanded Rs50 Lakh compensation for the family of the deceased and a high level probe into the incident.

Jagdish Sukhija, 61, a resident of Rohini Sector-13, bled to death after his two-wheeler allegedly hit a pothole on the road next to Metcalfe House on Ring Road on Wednesday.

“At least four people have died in accidents caused due to bad roads in last one month. And it seems the government of the day is not taking any lessons. Another citizen lost his life due to PWD’s negligence,” said Gupta, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Rohini. The Public Works Department (PWD) is responsible for the upkeep of the road.

While police say they are looking into the negligence of the PWD contractor, the PWD denied the presence of a pothole. PWD principal secretary Ashwani Kumar had earlier told HT that the depratment’s engineer-in-chief had told him that Sukhija did not die due to a pothole.

“The senior citizen clearly died due to the pothole on the road. The accident should be probed though a high-level inquiry. Had there been a timely repair of the pothole, a life could have been saved. We also demand that the family of the deceased should be given Rs50 lakh compensation,” Gupta said.

He said that in the last one year at least 50 people have died due to ‘bad road’ conditions in Delhi, but could not attribute it to any official figures. “This is the condition of roads wider than 60 feet which PWD maintains. Imagine the situation at the less narrow roads,” Gupta said.

“The condition would continue to be bad as long as low quality material for construction and faulty engineering continues,” he added.

Broken roads and potholes are the biggest cause of road accidents in India. There are as many as eight agencies, including the PWD and the five civic bodies, in Delhi responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of roads.

In August, a school teacher died after she was run over by a speeding water tanker in outer Delhi’s Kanjhawala village as the scooter she was riding lost control upon hitting a water-logged pothole. On July 30 last year, a 45-year-old biker was killed in a similar manner in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj.

First Published: Oct 29, 2017 20:29 IST