Every year, numerous people lose their lives due to potholes in the monsoons. Around six people have lost their life this year, in and around Mumbai. Sadly, that has not been reason enough for the authorities to do something about the pothole crisis.
A Mumbai resident has been filling up potholes, wherever possible, for the past three years. He filled up his 556th pothole in the city on Sunday.
Dadarao Bilhore lost his 16-year-old son in an accident in July, 2015. His son fell into a deep pothole on a rainwater clogged Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road in Mumbai. When Bilhore did not find any necessary action taken by the authority, he himself stepped out of his house to do the task.
After the death of his son, Bilhore started filling up potholes in the city to prevent such unfortunate incidents. Speaking to ANI, he said he does not want anyone to suffer the pain he had to go through.
I don’t want people to face the same fate as my son, Prakash.. I will keep working till India becomes pothole-free. Our nation has a huge population. If even one lakh people start filling potholes, India will become pothole-free.
Reflecting on the conflict between Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) of taking responsibility to resolve the crisis, Bilhore said that perhaps they will be inspired to take up the cause when enough people start filling the potholes.
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