Vasai Police probing the death of a 48-year-old housewife whose Honda Activa hit a pothole will book the road contractor for negligence. They are banking on two legal notices sent by the Vasai division of traffic police to the Navghar ward office in Manikpur division of Vasai Virar Corporation in the first week of July to fill potholes.
Asha Damdare,who was going to buy groceries with daughter Swati,fell trying to dodge a pothole on the Vasai railway bridge near Chimmaji Appa Garden.
Swati told police it was dark and most potholes were filled with water.
Asha did not have a licence,nor did she have insurance papers. But we will book the agency under IPC section 304 (death due to negligence) for not repairing roads despite reminders by traffic police, said Sangramsingh Nishantdar,Deputy Superintendent of police (Vasai division).
In notices dated July 8 and 9,the traffic division had drawn the attention of the ward office to potholes on major roads in Vasai and Virar. The July 8 notice specifically mentioned the stretch where Asha fell.
Police said on July 18,another woman was injured on the same stretch while riding a scooter.
Daksha Nagda,a resident of Vasai west,was going to Evershine City to meet her brother when she slipped and fell.
Nagda is undergoing treatment at Ravi Hospital in Vasai west.
While the July 9 notice talks of serious consequences if the roads are not repaired and legal action against officials at the ward office,the July 8 notice asks the ward officer to take measures on a war footing.
There is a serious chance of loss of life and property as water gets filled in the potholes,making it difficult to estimate their depth at night or in bad weather. If no action is taken immediately,legal action will be initiated against the ward officials, the traffic police notices said.