Bengaluru pothole deaths: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi seeks report from Karnataka Government

The Karnataka Government is under fire over the poor quality of metalling and corruption in road projects as four people had died in a week in accidents caused by potholes.

Published: 14th October 2017 03:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th October 2017 03:00 PM   |  A+A-

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi (File | PTI)


BENGALURU: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday sought report from the Karnataka Government on the issue of deaths in Bengaluru due to potholes and rains, said Congress sources.

AICC (All India Congress Committee) in-charge for Karnataka, KC Venugopal is in consultation with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and concerned Ministry over the matter.

Earlier last week, four people died in Bengaluru in accidents caused by the potholes.

The incident has brought Karnataka Government under light over alleged poor quality of metalling and corruption in road projects.

A day after the Chief Minister instructed Bengaluru Development Minister KJ George, local MLAs and the city's municipal corporation to fill all 16,000 potholes dotting Bangalore's roads within 15 days, a 21-year-old woman became the fourth victim of accidents caused by craters.

All the accidents have happened on arterial roads, including a state highway.

The woman died after allegedly ramming her bike into a lorry in Bengaluru’s Devanahalli. She was trying to avoid a pothole, which led to the accident.

On October 2, a couple were run over by a bus when the husband, Anthony Joseph, 55, tried to negotiate a pothole on the Mysore Road flyover. He and his wife Sagai Mary, 53, died on the spot.

Earlier on Thursday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) marched to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) office demanding action against road department officials.

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