The Supreme Court took seriously the callous attitude of states in not repairing and maintaining roads which sound a death knell for travellers on roads.
The court said that referring to statistics, in 2017 alone 3597 people have been killed due to potholes. Yet it is unfortunate that many states dispute the figures.
This is a frightening situation when safety of the travellers are totally ignored. The state governments have a duty to maintain roads for smooth passage of vehicles. The states cannot say that paucity of funds have created such a situation. The states have a constitutional obligation to keep roads well maintained, they cannot shirk their responsibility, the court said.
The potholes have claimed 3597 precious lives. And terrorist attacks in many parts of India has claimed only 803 lives. So the potholes are frightening than terrorist attacks, the court seriously noted.
The Governments have to strictly monitor road maintenance. Otherwise it will seriously injure public life. So think of proper planning and bestow serious considerations, the court said.
Four years back, the Supreme Court had directed the union Government to form Road Safety Committee. it is a forum headed by former SC Judge K S Radhakrishnan. The 3-member committee had given a series of directions to state governments for road safety.