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Bengaluru potholes claim fourth victim this month: A 21-year-old woman on scooter

The government has drawn flak for the condition of the roads in the city. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has attributed the potholes to torrential rains received in the city, and has promised to fix them within a fortnight.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 11, 2017 6:17 pm
Bengaluru, Bengaluru potholes, Pothole death, Bengaluru accident, Bengaluru pothole death, G Veena, Bengaluru news, Indian Express G Veena was killed in a two-wheeler accident in Bengaluru on Wednesday after trying to swerve to avoid a pothole. (Source: ANI/File)

A 21-year-old pillion rider came under a truck in Bengaluru on Wednesday after her sister swerved the two-wheeler to avoid a pothole and both women were flung to the ground, reported news agency PTI.  G Veena, a resident of Kundana in Devanhalli, was riding pillion on the scooter with her sister, G Lakshmi, 24, when the accident took place, according to the police. Veena died on the spot while Lakshmi, who sustained serious injuries, is admitted to a nearby hospital. Police have registered a case against the truck driver, who is absconding.

Residents staged a protest today by blocking the road, in protest of the conditions of the roads. According to PTI,  four people have been killed this month in accidents caused by the condition of Bengaluru roads. On Monday, a woman was run over by a truck while riding pillion with her nephew, who tried negotiating a pothole near Nayandahalli. Around a week ago, an elderly couple was killed after a bus ran over them on Mysuru road flyover. They were trying to avoid a pothole too.

The government has drawn flak for the condition of the roads in the city. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has attributed the potholes to torrential rains received in the city, and has promised to fix them within a fortnight.

Back in 2015, a 36-year-old visual artist planted a life-sized crocodile in a 12-feet long pothole in north Bengaluru out of frustration with civic authorities. He had hoped the move to turn the pothole into an artificial crocodile pond would force authorities to take action.

(With inputs from PTI)

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    Raghunandan D
    Oct 13, 2017 at 3:12 pm
    Shiddu Gojju says the potholes are due to incessant rains. But, I have seen many potholes existing for more than 2 years. What stopped this corrupt Govt BBMP to fill those ones existing since 2 years?
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      Ramya Vaidya
      Oct 12, 2017 at 2:01 pm
      Ruling Congress govt is busy in accumulating money for next elections. They are not at all bothered for public safety and comfort. Do they really deserve to be voted next time.
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        Rana
        Oct 12, 2017 at 9:50 am
        Citizen from all over India should start digging the approaching roads to all MPs ,MLAs,Councillors and to Parliament, to Bidhan saudha in protest.Should force all these bstrds to ride a bike or may be on donkey all around cities.
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          shib
          Oct 12, 2017 at 8:20 am
          Road, water, electricity are the basic requirements of day to day life. Its shame on the govt officials for not learning anything. These things should be monitored on 24x7 and fixed immediately. Nonsense to say will be fixed in 15 days. It appears CM and BBMP prefer eating $hit rather being faithful to the citizens
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            Ajay
            Oct 11, 2017 at 7:18 pm
            When will those responsible for maintenance and safety for our roads be made accountable? How many more preventable deaths do we have to endure?
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