Thane: The Kalyan civic body has put up boards at key junctions asking motorists to be careful while driving, a move that comes after five people lost their lives due to pothole-related mishaps in the town.
The boards, up by the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC), tell motorists that due to heavy rains the roads had been damaged, resulting in potholes, and ask them to drive their vehicles carefully.
Heavy rains during the last weeks have severely damaged roads in Kalyan and left them with several potholes.
Over the past few weeks, at least five peopoe have lost their lives in accidents on potholes. The last death was reported on Saturday.
KDMC Public Relations Officer Prasad Thakur, in an official release today, said the work of filling up of potholes has been taken up on a war footing.
Of the 529potholes identified by the civic body, 383 had been filled up till July 16, he said.
In a related development, Thane civic Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal held a meeting of senior corporation officials and instructed them to fill up potholes in the city on a priority basis.
His counterpart in the KDMC Govind Bodke also held an emergency meeting with officials and asked engineers and ward officers to concentrate on the pothole filling work.
Bodke also cancelled the leaves of engineers and ward officers.
Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde asked civic officials in Thane and Kalyan Dombivli to fill up potholes on a priority basis to avert more accidents.