After Mumbai biker’s death, residents fill up killer pothole
Locals plan to complain to the Kasa police against the PWD and the Thane-based contractor who constructed the 3.5 km road, which costed around Rs1 crore.Updated: Jul 25, 2017 22:41 IST
Locals from Vaiti-Bhoirpada in Kasa on Monday afternoon filled up the 3-feet deep pothole which, which claimed the life of 34-year-old Bandra biker, Jagruti Hogale, on Sunday. The pothole allegedly developed due to the construction of a bad quality 12mm hume pipe, which was constructed as a culvert to discharge rain water from both sides of the road. The heavy rain worsened matters, leading to cracks on the road.
The Public Works Department (PWD), Dahanu, finally started to fill up the pothole on Tuesday afternoon. However, the locals plan to complain to the Kasa police against the PWD and the Thane-based contractor who constructed the 3.5 km road, which costed around Rs1 crore.The highway connects Kasa and Dahanu, and sees heavy traffic, especially loaded trucks.
Ashok Bhoir, a resident of Vaiti-Bhoirpada in Kasa, said the Sunday incident was not an accident, but ‘plain murder’. “The 3.5km road was constructed in May 2017 by the PWD, and during the construction, the Thane based contractor, Vinay Bharadwaj, had built a culvert, and constructed a 12mm cement hume pipe. Since the spot is near my house, I had warned the contractor that the pipe is of bad quality and we need to construct a small bridge or replace it with a good quality cement Hume pipe, and not a culvert to drain rainwater,” said Bhoir,
“But the PWD did not listen to me. In fact, in June, I had called Trimbak Khairnar, deputy engineer, PWD, and told him that the culvert would invite mishaps due to the bad quality and Khairnar ignored my alerts,” said Bhoir.
After the accident on Monday, the locals decided to use good quality soil to fill up the pothole, said Bhoir.
“Since the Assembly is in session, the PWD is fearing backlash from the Opposition about the biker’s death, and hence they started to fill up the pothole on Tuesday,” said Bhoir.
When confronted, Khairnar, Deputy Engineer, PWD, Dahanu said there is a pothole on the culvert and as it is raining heavily, we cannot carry out asphalting work, and as a temporary arrangement we have ordered the contractor to fill up the pothole with metal, rubble and soil so as to avoid future mishaps.
“We have been regularly filling up the said pothole but due to heavy traffic on the road coupled with the downpour, the earthwork gets washed away,” said Khairnar. “But we have decided to fill u34p the pothole with soil daily, and after the monsoons, we will asphalt the said stretch.”
“There is no negligence on the part of the PWD, and the mishap occurred due to heavy traffic on the road. We are doing our job to the best of our ability. This is the only pothole at Vaiti village on the entire road while the rest of the road is smooth. We offer our sympathies to the bereaved biker’s family,” said Khairnar.
First Published: Jul 25, 2017 14:19 IST