The Supreme Court Thursday expressed issue over 14,926 people being demised in accidents due to potholes on roads across the country in the last five years.
A bench led by Justice Madan B Lokur said a large number of deaths caused because of potholes was “unacceptable” and was “probably more than those killed on the border or by the terrorists.”
The bench, also inclusive of Justices Deepak Gupta and Hemant Gupta, said the number of deaths from 2013 to 2017 in accidents due to potholes indicated that the authorities concerned were not maintaining the roads.
The bench sought a response from the Centre on the report filed by the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety, led by former apex court judge Justice K S Radhakrishnan.
The bench has posted the matter for further hearing in January.