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The latest report of the transport research wing of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways shows the number of pothole-related accidents, deaths and injured victims have increased. According to the report titled Road Accidents in India — 2021, the number of accidents caused by potholes is 3,625 while in 2020 it was 3564. Similarly, the number of deaths and injured stands at 1481 and 3103 respectively (1471 and 3064 in 2020).
Though the increase is marginal, the report pointed out that “various road features which lead to more road accidents include presence of potholes and also irregular situation led by ongoing construction works.”
Potholes account for nearly 0.8 percent road accidents, 1.4 percent of road accident deaths and 0.6 percent of injuries in Million Plus Cities during 2021.
Meanwhile, according to the reply given by Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on December 22, the number of people killed in road accidents due to potholes in the year 2021 is highest in Uttar Pradesh(649). Kerala witnessed six deaths in the same period.
In 2022, Kerala High Court directed the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to speed up measures to fill potholes on national highways in the state to ensure safety of people. The order was issued when a man died after his scooter fell into a pothole in Athanai near Angamali.
Other interesting insights from the report are as follows:
- 18.00 to 21.00 hrs (6 pm to 9 pm) recorded most number of accidents
- Maximum number of accidents reported in the month of January followed by December, November
- The peak month for road related deaths was in January and March followed by December, November and February
- 37% road accidents were reported in urban areas and 63% in rural areas