Not liable for pothole, nullah deaths: BMC

Mumbai: The BMC feels it is not liable for accidental deaths in potholes, manholes and open nullahs on city roads. This even though potholes and manholes are one of the biggest menace in Mumbai, especially during monsoon. Shiv Sena corporator Abhisekh Ghosalkar, in the standing meeting on Tuesday, raised an objection and demanded that victims or their families be compensated for injuries or fatalities caused due to the terrible condition of roads.

However, Yeshwant Jadhav, the chairman of the standing committee, refused, saying that there is no provision to pay compensation to those injured or killed in such incidents. Moreover, Jadhav said that it is not the BMC but the contractor who is responsible for maintaining roads.

Many persons have lost their lives in potholes, manholes and nullahs in the last five years. Last year, renowned gastroenterologist Dr Deepak Amrapurkar slipped into a manhole during heavy rain and his body was found four days later in the Worli nullah.

However, Ghosalkar’s proposal for compensation and holding officials responsible for injuries and deaths of citizens was rejected with the BMC officials saying there is no such policy. “Only the BMC is responsible for the pathetic conditions of roads.

Strict action should be taken against officers and contractors responsible for this. We have demanded that salaries of officers and contractors should be deducted and given as compensation to family members of the deceased,” said Raees Shaikh, group leader of Samajwadi Party.

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