|August 6, 2014 at 7:52 pm #5531|
Though the recent fatal accident at the Borim bridge approach road in Ponda taluka has highlighted the ignorance of the PWD road section towards the timely repair of potholes on roads stretches, Borim panchayat has claimed that the authorities wait for a casualty to occur before repairing them.
Borim sarpanch Sanjay Gaude said the potholes have made it risky for motorists at several stretches within his panchayat jurisdiction and the road division of the PWD deliberately avoids repairing them even if the panchayat bring the potholes to their notice.
“Even a day before the unfortunate accident at the Borim bridge approach road, we had requested the road division officials to repair it immediately, but, the PWD officials did not give any heed to our request,”the sarpanch said.
A woman had lost her life after a motorcycle on which she was riding pillion had dashed against a truck in a bid to avoid potholes on the national highway’s Borim stretch. But, Ponda police sources said that they have not mentioned the potholes on the road in their panchanama.
Locals alleged that the negligence of the PWD officials and contractors appointed by them are not questioned as the police in directly shied by not bringing the cause of the accident on record.
As the accident case registered by the police had no mention of potholes on the road, PWD officials have denied that the riders fell down due to potholes.
A senior PWD official told TOI, on condition of anonymity, that the riders fell due to their own mistake and not due to the potholes. “The potholes were repaired immediately after the rain subsided after the mishap,” he claimed.
Source/Reference: Times of India, “Borim panchayat blames PWD for road accident“