Mumbai potholes: Chandrakant Patil apologises for remarks on bad roads

Nagpur: Maharashtra PWD Minister Chandrakant Patil apologised on Monday in the Legislative Council for his remarks on pothole-ridden roads which have led to a string of fatal mishaps in the Mumbai region.

“I express apology if my statement (on bad roads) conveyed insensitivity on the issue,” he said in the House. Speaking to reporters in Sangli on Saturday, Patil had said pothole-ridden roads alone can’t be blamed for accidents.

“When you talk about a death in such an accident, you forget that five lakh other people have travelled on the same road. You can not put the entire blame on the (condition of) roads alone,” he had said. Patil’s comments had invited criticism from opposition parties. Five people lost their lives due to damaged roads in the Mumbai region in the last two weeks.

Speaking in the Upper House on Monday, the minister said it was the responsibility of municipal corporations to fill up potholes in their respective limits. Patil said he has been constantly monitoring the condition of roads.

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