Potholes — a death trap for citizens on road

New Delhi: Indian roads continue to be one of the deadliest in the world. Last year more than 10,000 people were killed in accidents owing to potholes, speed breakers, and roads that were under repair or being constructed.

The fatalities arising due to the depression in the roads has been on the rise as 3,146 people were killed on the road in 2015, 377 more than the previous year.

According to the data compiled by the Road Transport Ministry, 10,876 accidents were reported last year due to potholes across the country.

Fatalities due to potholes saw a mammoth seven times increase in Maharashtra in 2015, according to the surface transport ministry's road accidents report. A rise in such fatalities indicates failure of road-owning agencies to maintain stretches.

Interestingly, Uttar Pradesh, known for its bad roads, reported an almost 50% reduction in pothole deaths compared with 2014, while Delhi showed only two potholes deaths in 2015.

According to the Global Road Safety report, released in last year, by the World Health Organization (WHO), India accounts for more than 200,000 deaths because of road accidents.