In 4th pothole-related death within a month, a woman riding pillion on a two-wheeler was on Tuesday killed when a truck rammed the vehicle as the rider was trying to avoid a pothole in Karnataka capital Bengaluru, PTI reported. The death of G Veena, 21, took the number of dead in such an accident this month to four, with the primary reason being the battered condition of some of the city’s roads. As per police, Veena, a resident of Kundana in Devanahalli, was heading home riding pillion with elder sister G Lakshmi (24). While trying to negotiate a pothole, Lakshmi slowed down the two-wheeler when a truck hit them from behind. As the women fell off their vehicle, the truck ran over Veena, leaving her dead on the spot. The accident comes a day after Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had directed the civic agency to make the city roads pothole free within a fortnight.
Earlier, a woman, identified as Radha (47), had lost her life when she was run over by a truck at Pantharapalya near Nayandahalli. She too was riding pillion with her nephew Ravi Kumar (24) in a bike which skidded while negotiating a crater-like pothole. The State government and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the city civic body, came under sharp criticism following the incident. Taking cognizence of the matter, Siddaramaiah visited the spot where the accident took place.
The chief minister was also joined by Bengaluru Mayor S Sampath Raj and BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad. Speaking to reporters, Siddaramaiah said unprecedented rains this year had badly damaged the city roads. The Chief Minister said, “This year we received rains like never before due to which potholes have surfaced on the road. This accident should not have happened. No one should die. I condole the death of the woman. Already compensation has been given (to the next to the kin of deceased).”