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Maharashtra Woman Files 'Harassment' Case Against Pothole-ridden Road

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The complainant, Sandhya Gholve, lives in Aurangabad city and has to travel every day to her workplace in Phulambri tehsil, located around 30 km from here using the Aurangabad-Ajanta highway.

A woman in Maharashtra, who has to travel to a place near here for work every day, has filed a police complaint against a pothole-ridden road, saying it is causing her “mental, physical and financial harassment".

When contacted, a senior police official said on Monday that they are looking into the woman’s complaint and will approach the authorities concerned in this connection.

The complainant, Sandhya Gholve, lives in Aurangabad city and has to travel every day to her workplace in Phulambri tehsil, located around 30 km from here.

The road stretch is part of the Aurangabad-Ajanta highway, which is currently undergoing expansion.

Some foreign tourists had also earlier expressed the difficulties they faced in reaching the renowned Ajanta caves here because of the bad road condition.

Gholve has filed a police complaint about the problems being faced by travelers on this stretch and demanded that the police action against the “road".

Talking to reporters here on Sunday, she said, “The potholes on this road are causing mental, physical, and financial harassment to me. But, the police have not acted on it till now."

In her complaint, the woman said she was expecting an improvement in the road condition, but it is rather worsening day-by-day.

“Hence, action should be taken against the Aurangabad-Phulambri road. Many people like me are facing this issue, and we will also demand justice in court," she said.

When contacted, a senior official from Phulambri police station told PTI that the complaint was received two-three months back.

“We are going through a complaint. We will write a letter to the government authorities concerned in this case," he said.

Potholes are a common problem for commuters in Maharashtra, especially during monsoons, and have even caused several deaths. According to a 2019 report, Maharashtra has a high number of accidents and deaths caused due to potholes. In 2018, potholes caused 522 road accidents and killed 166 people across the state.

More recently, a 23-year-old biker died of head injuries here in Maharashtra after his motorcycle hit a pothole and he fell on road on Saturday.

The accident occurred on Friday night when the deceased, Kunal Dangre, was headed towards his home.

Maharashtra is not the only state plagued by potholes. Last week, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the civic body of Bengaluru in Karnataka, announced a Rs 3 lakh compensation to the families of those who lose their lives due to potholes. It also announced a Rs 15,000 compensation sum for victims of road accidents caused due to potholes.

(With inputs from PT)

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