Workers fill potholes with pre-packed asphalt; HC directs collectors to file report

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Thrissur: Kerala High Court on Tuesday directed the Ernakulam and Thrissur collectors to submit a first-hand report on the ongoing repair works to fill the potholes on the NH 544.

Following the HC order, the contractors rushed to fill the potholes on Tuesday morning in the Angamaly-Mannuthy national highway and opted for unscientific methods. The workers filled the potholes with asphalt brought in plastic packets. The incident was brought to the attention of the court by Mathrubhumi News.

The drivers and passengers criticised the officials for their complete disregard for public safety by opting for an easy way out.

Only workers were present on the site. No supervisors or government officials were present to oversee the repair works. Following this, HC asked the government lawyer to intervene in the matter.

Justice Devan Ramachandran said that the collectors of Thrissur and Ernakulam should file a report by visiting the location or senior officials should be assigned if they are unable to do so.

Earlier, the Kerala High Court directed the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to speed up measures to fill potholes in national highways in the state to ensure the safety of people.

The order was issued when a man died after his scooter fell into a pothole in Athanai near Angamali.

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