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Residents paint speed breakers after senior journalist’s death in Mumbai

According to locals, the ‘invisible’ speed breaker had led to the death of senior journalist Prashant Tripathi

mumbai Updated: Dec 17, 2017 23:25 IST
Sagar Pillai
Sagar Pillai
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation,Senior Journalist
Youngsters paint stripes on speed breakers in Kurla on Saturday.(HT)

Tired of complaining to the civic body over absence of reflective white strips on speed breakers in Kurla, local residents and youngsters decided to take matters in their own hands after a senior journalist died last week . In one night, they painted most of the speed breakers around the area where the accident occurred.

According to locals, the ‘invisible’ speed breaker had led to the death of senior journalist Prashant Tripathi on Wednesday night. Tripathi had taken an auto rickshaw from his Vakola residence to got to Kurla railway station. He was supposed to catch a train from there for Vashi.

A day after the incident, local residents, on Thursday, wrote to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s L ward office (Kurla) asking them to immediately paint the speed breakers. When civic officials did not respond for three days, youngsters painted the speed breakers.

Raj Prajapati, a 16-year-old Kurla resident, said, “Instead of waiting for authorities to take action, we collected money from some local residents and contributed from our pocket money to fund this. We covered six speed breakers that fall under our vicinity and will paint more in the nearby areas.”

Residents alleged that the L ward office has seldom responded to their issues that they have highlighted in the past. Bhagwan Singh, a Kurla activist, said the New Mill road in Kurla (West) is the most congested lane with regular encroachments, illegal hawking and vehicular parking. Despite several complaints to the ward office, no action has been taken so far, he added.

Singh said that Kausar Shaikh, driver of the auto rickshaw in which Tripathi was seated, was driving rashly and rammed into another rickshaw coming from the opposite direction. “Shaikh could not see the breaker and speeded up, that led to him losing control over the vehicle. The BMC should promptly take action to avoid such accidents in the future,” said the Kurla activist.

First Published: Dec 17, 2017 23:25 IST