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Rahul Gandhi Seeks Report From K’taka Govt Over Pothole Deaths:- Congress sources said, a report has been sought by the party’s Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday from the Karnataka government on the issue of deaths in Bengaluru due to potholes and rains.
KC Venugopal, the All-India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge for Karnataka is in consultation with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and concerned Ministry over the matter. To be recalled, around four people died in Bengaluru, in accidents caused by the potholes.
Over the alleged poor quality of metalling and corruption in road projects, the incident has brought Karnataka government under light. The fourth victim of accidents was a 21-year old woman, caused by craters. This tragic incident occurred just 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.
All the incidents occurred on arterial roads, including a state highway. After allegedly ramming her bike into a lorry in Bengaluru's Devanahalli, the woman died on spot. She was trying to avoid a pothole, which led to the accident. In another tragic mishap, a 52-year-old woman Radha was run over by a lorry after she fell off the scooter when the rider lost control while negotiating a pothole on Sunday. The incident was reported near Nayandahalli Junction on Mysuru Road. In a third road accident, a couple, Anthony Joseph (55) and his wife Sagai Mary (52) died on the spot after a Tamil Nadu government bus ran over them when they fell off the bike while avoiding a pothole on Sirsi Flyover on Mysuru Road near Nalanda theatre on October 3.
Demanding action against road department officials, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) marched to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) office, earlier on Thursday.