In July 2019, a toddler fell into an open gutter in Goregaon. In the CCTV footage obtained by the authorities, the kid identified Divyansh was seen walking near the open drain. He walked past an electrical enclosure box and then falls into the open gutter. The family of a toddler blamed Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials for negligence. They alleged that the drain was kept open and has cost the boy his life
In February 2019, Rahul Sawant was returning after meeting a friend when a branch of a tree fell on him outside Vasant Nagri Complex. The marketing executive was on a two-wheeler. He later died at RN Cooper Hospital due to the injuries. Initially, the police had registered an Accidental Death Report (ADR), but investigation revealed that the death was caused due to the negligence of the tree authority officer of VVCMC, who allegedly ignored constant complaints about dead and dangerous trees on the Vasai street where the accident took place
In July 2018, a man was run over by an unidentified vehicle after he fell off his two-wheeler when it skidded on a pothole in Kalyan in Thane district. Kalpesh Jadhav (26), a sand supplier, was on his way to the railway station at around 4 am when the incident happened. He lost his balance and fell when the two-wheeler he was riding skidded over a pothole near Gandhari bridge. An unidentified vehicle passing by crushed him under its wheels
In July 2017, an experienced biker Jagruti Hogale, 35, lost her life because of a pothole on the Dahahu-Jawhar road. Eyewitnesses said on the Dahanu-Jawhar road, she hit the pothole and fell under the truck, getting crushed under the vehicle's tyres and sustaining severe head injuries. Passers-by had rushed her to a local hospital, where doctors declared her dead
In July 2017, a former Doordarshan anchor and yoga teacher was knocked down by a coconut tree that fell straight on her head while she was on a morning walk in Chembur. Passers-by pulled her out from under the tree and rushed her to hospital. She succumbed to her injuries three days after the incident. Her husband blamed the BMC for not permitting the tree to be cut
In 2017, a PIL has been filed in the Bombay High Court seeking that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) be booked for causing death due to negligence after a doctor slipped into an open manhole while wading through water-logged streets in the city. The body of Dr. Deepak Amarapukar, who had gone missing following heavy rains in the megapolis, was in September 2017 recovered from a nullah near the Coast Guard office in central Mumbai's Worli. The PIL said that the victim's death was caused due to a gross negligence on part of BMC
A huge tree uprooted, crushing one black-and-yellow taxi and a private car in the early hours of the morning on July 14, 2017 at Churchgate. It took the authorities several hours to cut and clear the tree. Traffic resumed only a few hours after the incident
In January 2016, negligence by civic authorities left a 26-year-old man bedridden. The Goregaon resident identified as Shahid Javed Shaikh suffered a fracture in his left leg after he fell into a manhole in Jogeshwari, allegedly left uncovered by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)
26-year-old Neha Mirchandani, who was riding pillion with her father on a bike fell victim to a sudden pothole-related mishap near Khemani Chowk in Ulhasnagar. Unfortunately, Neha was crushed to death when she came under a truck and her father suffered injuries to his back and legs.
On July 28, 2015, Prakash Bilhore, an 18-year-old resident of Andheri, fell in a water-filled pothole on Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road and died. An FIR under 304A (death due to negligence) was filed resulting in the arrest of an engineer of BMC and a site engineer of Tata Power. "No government authority showed interest in the case. I was not given any compensation," said Dadarao Bilhore, father of Prakash. Since then, he has filled more than 820 potholes in Mumbai, earning the name 'pothole dada
Two senior citizens were injured when a tree came crashing down on the kaali-peeli taxi they were in. The incident occurred in Parel’s GD Ambedkar Marg, Bhoiwada. Though the taxi was crushed under the impact of the tree, the passengers were lucky to escape with minor injuries. As per statistics, nine people, in Mumbai alone, have died due to trees falling since 2015-2017. The Chembur Diamond Garden Residents' Forum has been raising the issue of dangerous trees, stating that they need to be maintained and checked periodically. But as per the BMC, every ward has a junior tree officer who is supposed to check if a tree needs to be trimmed or is in a dangerous condition
A senior inspector with the Sakinaka Police station who was travelling home on his scooty on the Western Express Highway at Andheri fell off his bike when it suddenly hit a 5-foot-wide pothole. He was lucky he did not come under another vehicle and escaped only with badly grazed knees.
The number of accidents due to civic apathy in Mumbai have been on the rise. Here's a round-up of all the people who have perished due to unkempt roads and weak rooted trees
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