Mumbai resident Dadarao Bilhore, who lost his 16-year-old son to a pothole on a road three years ago, has been on a mission to fill potholes in the city. He filled up 556th pothole in the city on Sunday.
His son Prakash Bilhore died on July 28, 2015, after his bike fell into a deep pothole on a rainwater clogged Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) in Mumbai.
Following his death, Bilhore started filling up potholes in the city to avert such accidents.
“I don’t want people to face the same fate as my son, Prakash.. I will keep working till India becomes pothole-free. Our nation has a huge population. If even one lakh people start filling potholes, India will become pothole-free,” Bilhore told news agency ANI.
Talking about the conflict between Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Public Works Department (PWD), Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), etc over taking the responsibility of resolving the crisis, Bilhore said, “If people start filling the potholes, they will be inspired to take up the work and solve the problem.”
Around six persons have lost their lives in and around Mumbai due to potholes this monsoon season, sparking an outrage among citizens and opposition parties.
In the aftermath of the deaths, several parties like Congress and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena have protested against the issue of potholes-related deaths in the state.
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Dadarao Bilhore has been filling potholes in Mumbai for past 3 yrs after he lost his 16-year-old son to a pothole on a rainwater clogged street on July 28, 2015; says, ‘our nation has a huge population. If even 1 lakh of us start filling potholes, India will become pothole-free’ pic.twitter.com/pOQ1j6Sbmz
— ANI (@ANI) July 29, 2018