Mumbai’s pothole trouble: From biker deaths to RJ Malishka controversy

Updated on Jul 24, 2017 01:57 PM IST

The pothole deaths in Mumbai show how the BMC is repeating its mistakes year after year. But raising voice, like RJ Malishka did, too doesn’t seem to be helping.

Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

From deaths to controversy, potholes have been a constant cause for concern for Mumbaiites.

Here are 5 times Mumbaiites faced pothole trouble:

1. Bikerwoman dies: A 34-year-old Mumbai woman leading a group of bikers was run over by a truck on Sunday as she tried to avoid a pothole on the Jawhar-Dahanu highway. Jagruti Viraj Hogale, who was part of a women’s-only biker club and hailed from Bandra, was on way to Jawhar, popular for its waterfalls, for a weekend getaway, police said. Known as one of the finest riders, biking communities are shocked with the incident.

Jagruti Viraj Hogale was crushed under a truck while trying to avoid a pothole. (HT)
Jagruti Viraj Hogale was crushed under a truck while trying to avoid a pothole. (HT)

2. Raising voice leads to a notice: After a video by a local private FM channel RJ Malishka poking fun at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s monsoon preparedness (BMC) went viral on social media, two Yuva Sena members urged the municipal commissioner to file a Rs500-crore defamation suit against 93.5 Red FM. Irked with the criticism, the BMC issued a notice under section 381B of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act to Malishka’s mother Lily Mendosa for dengue breeding at her house in Bandra. The incident led to outrage on social media, with people coming out in support of the RJ. Malishka hit back saying she has six more songs ready.

RJ Malishka got into trouble with the BMC.
RJ Malishka got into trouble with the BMC.

3. ‘Speed-bumps, not potholes’: A new video released by comedian José Covaco supports RJ Malishka and mocks the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for being ill-prepared for monsoon. The 2-minute video sees a pokerface Covaco refusing to acknowledge the potholes on Mumbai roads, calling them tea vessels, hi-tech speed breakers and multi-purpose holes. Laden with irony, the video is a hilarious take on BMC’s appeal to Mumbaikars to trust them.

4. One more life lost: An 18-year-old died after he lost control of his bike while riding over a pothole in Bhiwandi late on Saturday. He was not wearing a helmet, said the police. Rahul Ahuja was driving the bike while his elder brother Amit rode pillion. According to the police, the brothers were travelling from Ulhasnagar to Thane to buy notebooks when the incident occurred.

5. One more injured: A 50-year-old man was hurt after he fell off his bike, which skidded owing to a pothole on Anand Dighe bridge in Kalyan. He suffered minor injuries, said sources.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Bommai said the state government has taken the issue of death threat to Siddaramaiah seriously and promised him a thorough enquiry.

    CM Bommai orders thorough probe into death threat calls to Siddaramaiah

    Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday ordered a thorough probe into death threat calls to the Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly, Siddaramaiah. Amid the row over his remarks on Veer Savarkar, Congress leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah claimed that he received death threat calls. Earlier on Friday, Karnataka Congress staged a protest to condemn the egg attack against Siddaramaiah in Kodagu district during his visit.

  • Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai was reviewing the progress of Integrated Township schemes. (PTI)

    CM Bommai seeks assistance from universities for integrated townships in state

    Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday suggested taking the help of universities having expertise in urban planning for the implementation of the environment-friendly Smart Integrated Township project in the state. Reviewing the progress of Integrated Township schemes here on Friday, the Bommai said Singapore University and other varsities are having special expertise in urban planning and assistance from those varsities could be taken. There must be provision to start industries near them.

  • The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed that Gian Sagar Dental College and Hospital, Banur, be allowed to make admissions in Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS) course for the academic session 2022-2023. (Image for representational purpose)

    Punjab and Haryana HC allows Gian Sagar to make BDS course admissions

    The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed that Gian Sagar Dental College and Hospital, Banur, be allowed to make admissions in Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS) course for the academic session 2022-2023. The high court bench of Justice Sudhir Mittal acted on the plea from the college which had challenged the central government's decision of denying permission for course renewal.

  • A senior functionary in the state urban development department said that the CM has accorded approval to convert part of the land of the defunct Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant for a series of recreational projects. (HT file photo)

    Bathinda all set to get a big development push

    From curating an artificial beach to developing new urban estates, Bathinda, the largest city in southern Punjab, is all set for an organised urban development push. Bathinda is one of the underdeveloped districts of Punjab even as it remained a politically significant region. But now, according to official sources, the Aam Aadmi Party government has given in-principle approval for various projects and the chief minister office is personally overseeing the development proposals for Bathinda.

  • The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) has arrested Amritdeep Singh, a peon posted in the office of ADA, PUDA Bhawan, Amritsar, red-handed while accepting a bribe of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>12,000. (Image for representational purpose)

    Punjab: VB arrests PUDA peon for accepting 12,000 bribe

    The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has arrested Amritdeep Singh, a peon posted in the office of ADA, Bhawan, Amritsar, red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 12,000. A VB spokesperson said Amritdeep was arrested on the complaint of Saurabh Bhatia from Sushant Lok, Gurugram, Haryana. The spokesperson said after verifying the facts and evidence in the complaint, a VB team arrested Amritdeep Singh red-handed while accepting the bribe in the presence of two official witnesses.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Saturday, August 20, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now