A week after mid-day reported how two people were injured due to potholes on the Dadar TT flyover, another citizen was left with a fractured shoulder, thanks to a crater-sized pothole in Andheri West.
Last week, when Gurudeep Uchil, a resident of Ghatkopar, was heading for work to Four Bungalows, Andheri West via Amboli, he took a shortcut, which he usually uses to reach early. It was then that his bike ran over a pothole following which he lost his balance and injured his shoulder.
Gurudeep Uchil was on his way to Andheri West via Amboli when his bike ran into a pothole (below). Pics/Shadab Khan
The 38-year-old said, “Due to my accident, I had to miss an important assignment at work. The basic necessity of proper roads still remains a distant dream. Citizens have to suffer due to the civic body’s shoddy work.”
However, when contacted, Vishvas Shankarwar, assistant municipal commissioner of K West Ward under whose jurisdiction the Amboli area falls, said, “We have not come across any complaint till now but I will see to it that potholes are fixed on minor small too.”
NGO takes up matter
The Voice of Citizens website of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) shows a figure of 1,439 potholes that are yet to be fixed across the city. But this figure doesn’t include the small and interior roads, like the one which Uchil took.
The BMC’s lackadaisical approach has prompted non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to take up matters in their own hands. On Saturday morning, Watchdog Foundation, an NGO, distributed about 100 balms to commuters and filled potholes with tar.
Nicholas Almeida, a member of this NGO, said, “The craters are causing backaches and injuries to citizens. So we distributed balms to commuters at Andheri East.”