While defending steep fines and reacting to criticism over condition of roads, Nitin Gadkari credited pothole ridden roads in Mumbai to reduction in over-speeding related accident cases.
The Minister was speaking at an event in Mumbai where he found himself at the receiving end of questions on steep traffic fines, while the condition of roads still remain pathetic.
The Union Road Transport Minister, while speaking at the event said, “It is our endeavor and responsibility to maintain roads in good condition. But when roads are good, it leads to over-speeding, which eventually leads to accidents. I have accident related figures with me that clearly show that potholes are brought down accident related cases,” he said while elaborating his point.
“Acche road rahenge toh log 100 ki speed pe chalayenge. Lekin gaddho(pothole) ki wajah se log 30 bhi cross nahi kar paate hai. Mai toh kahunga ki potholes acche hai,” he added.
Mr. Gadkari also shared data from other states such as Goa and Kerala where road conditions are better than Mumbai, but over-speeding numbers are also high.
The Transport Ministry is now mulling over the idea of not repairing the roads and maintaining the status-quo on potholes.
Sources say that the Ministry has identified stretches of roads across the city that are prone to over-speeding. These roads will then be dug up just enough to resemble potholes.
Tender will be floated shortly and contractors will be shortlisted based on their previous work. “Only those who have proven experience in doing shoddy work will be given the contract,” the source revealed.
The Ministry hopes that this exercise will reduce many accidents in the future.