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Potholes killed 26 people in city last year, shows data

Experts blame poor material, lack of maintenance for poor road conditions and accidents
From page 02 GURUGRAM: City’s poor road infrastructure, especially potholes, resulted in the death of 26 people in Gurugram last year, shows data by the Haryana Vision Zero—a committee formed by the state government to achieve zero fatalities on roads across Haryana.

The figure evokes concern especially in the backdrop of the recent death of a 35-year-old man in a car crash caused by a pothole in Sector 58. The Badshahpur resident was killed when his car hit a pothole, flipped thrice and turned turtle on Saturday.

Despite the city being the financial capital of Haryana, poor quality of materials used in constructing roads, poor drainage system, shoddy repair work, and the overall lack of willingness on the part of the maintenance agencies were cited as the main reasons by Vision Zero officials for the poor condition of roads in the city that are leading to accidents.

“In the Millennium City of Gurugram, it is shameful that people are losing lives due to potholes and poor infrastructure. Authorities need to gather together and find a permanent solution to this, especially when there is no shortage of funds,” said Sarika Panda Bhatt, programme coordinator with Haryana Vision Zero.