Aluva: The Public Works Department of Kerala has begun filling the potholes on Palace Road, Aluva after the police came out with a warning notice that PWD engineers will be booked for homicide for the deaths in accidents caused by the potholes.
The notice was sent by traffic sub-inspector Muhammad Kabeer by the instruction of A.V. George, district police chief, Ernakulam Rural.
The police had come to the conclusion that it were potholes that added to the tragic accident where a private bus knocked over a scooter in front of St Francis School on Palace Road causing the death of Aneesa Dolli, a Federal Bank employee, and injuring her father Jerochan, who was riding pillion. The driver was caught without a license and the court has remanded the driver and bus owner in the case.
Meanwhile, the PWD and Water Authority are involved in a spat over who should be fixing the potholes. PWD has accused the water authority for leaving open the gaping holes created by digging to repair the leakages in underground water pipes. The water authority has retorted that digging to repair pipes in selected locations cannot be held responsible for the condition of the entire stretch of road.
Both departments have handed over a copy of their written communication to traffic police. After the Aneesa Dolly incident, the pothole at the accident site was fixed by contractor working for water authority. As the government agencies continue to play the blame game over fate of the road, people are on the losing end with accident numbers climbing every day.
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