Four years back on July 28, 2015, Dadarao Bilhore’s 16-year-old son Prakash died after his bike fell into a deep pothole on a rainwater clogged Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) in Mumbai.
To avert such accidents from happening again, Bilhore started filling up potholes in the city.
In an interview with ANI, Bilhore said, “I don’t want people to face the same fate as my son, Prakash… I will keep working till India becomes pothole-free. Our nation has a huge population. If even one lakh people start filling potholes, India will become pothole-free.“
Talking about taking the responsibility of resolving this crisis, Bilhore pointed towards the conflict between Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), etc. He said, “If people start filling the potholes, they will be inspired to take up the work and solve the problem.”
This monsoon, about six persons have lost their lives in and around Mumbai due to potholes. According to the report, earlier this month, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers protested against the constant issue of potholes-related deaths in the state.