Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray became the latest victim of bad roads after three tyres of his luxury SUV burst while he was en route Nashik during the wee hours of Saturday. Thackeray did not sustain any injuries in the mishap.
According to sources, the Yuva Sena president is on a two-day tour of Nashik, starting today.
The Thackeray scion left Mumbai late last night in his luxury SUV, a Land Rover Range Rover worth over Rs 2 crore, accompanied by his entourage of security personnel.
Around 1 am, Thackeray’s SUV hit a pothole near Padi Village near Ghoti Budruk town.
Initially, the driver felt like one of the tyres had gotten punctured. However, upon closer inspection, it was noticed that both front tyres had burst upon hitting the pothole.
Thackeray then got out of the vehicle and reached his hotel in another car.
Ironically, the pilot vehicle travelling in front of the SUV managed to go over the pothole without sustaining any damage, while the Range Rover, which has a reputation of being among the best off-road cars in the world, couldn’t.
The SUV was moved to the side of the road and towed to a service centre in Nashik, where it was found that three tyres had gotten burst. An order for a new set of tyres was placed later.
While no one sustained any injuries in the mishap, the incident has raised serious questions about the condition of the tolled road and how the toll money is being utilized.
In fact, several media outlets have highlighted the sorry state of this particular stretch earlier, but to little effect.
Back in Mumbai, the Shiv Sena-ruled BMC is receiving flak for the inconvenience, chaos, and sheer danger brought on by bad roads. The condition of the roads has led to long queues and forced people to spend more time on their daily commute.
Last week, the Sena was also embroiled in a controversy over the opening of Veer Savarkar flyover in Goregaon, which was ready but awaiting inauguration at the hands of a Sena leader.
At the time, the Yuva Sena president had shown good judgment and asked the mayor to get the flyover opened without any official inauguration, much to the delight of thousands of commuters.
However, when the newly opened flyover developed potholes, the leader chose to remain silent.View Realtime Updates