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Monday, August 1, 2016

Bad roads killed over 10k people in 2015; 3,416 deaths due to potholes

Last year, 10,727 people were killed in crashes caused by potholes, speed breakers and roads that were under repair or being constructed. Although the overall fatalities under these categories had come down marginally from 2014, the number of people killed due to potholes rose to 3,416, from 3,039 in the previous year.

Deaths caused by potholes saw a seven-fold rise in Maharashtra in 2015, according to the surface transport ministry's road accidents report. A rise in such fatalities indicates failure of road-owning agencies to maintain stretches.

Uttar Pradesh, known for its bad roads, reported an almost 50% reduction in pot hole deaths as compared with 2014. In Delhi, where a man died after his motorbike got stuck in a pothole on Saturday, showed only two pothole deaths in 2015.

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