Hyd’s bad roads claim another life: 23-yr-old woman on way to write exam killed

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CCTV footage showed that a patch of bad road and loose gravel caused the vehicle to skid and fall.

A private bus is seen taking the road under a flyover. A two-wheeler attempts to overtake the bus from the left, but the rider spots gravel and a bad patch of road right in front of him. He slams the brakes to avoid it, but in vain. The vehicle skids, both he and the pillion rider fall down to their right and the bus runs over the pillion rider.

 

The pillion rider was identified as 23-year-old college student G Kavya, who was on her way to write the Railway Recruitment Board exam when she was killed near Hyderabad’s Nalgonda crossroads on Saturday morning.

She was riding pillion with her brother, Shiva Sai. They were both residents of Saidabad. The police said that Kavya was en route to Alwal, to attend the exam when the accident took place at around 7.30 am.

CCTV footage of the accident which has surfaced shows that while a parked auto rickshaw on the side of the road may have prevented the bike from overtaking the bus, it was loose gravel on the road which caused the vehicle to skid and fall.

Neither of them was wearing a helmet. While Shiva suffered minor injuries, Kavya’s head came directly under the back tyres of the bus. The private bus driver immediately stopped the vehicle but she had died on the spot.

Speaking to TNM the Chadarghat police said, “They were both taken to Osmania hospital but the woman had died on the spot. Her brother has escaped with minor injuries.”

A pall of gloom descended over Kavya’s family, who approached the police and demanded strict action against the official responsible for the upkeep of the road.

The police have booked a case against the driver of the bus for negligence not amounting to culpable homicide under Section 304 of the IPC and have taken him into custody. However, they are yet to identify the official of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) who is responsible for the condition of the road.

Earlier in October, Syed Azmath Hussain Jaffery, a Hyderabad-based journalist, had filed a case against the GHMC after he was injured in a bike accident. His bike had slipped because of a pothole. The GHMC was booked under sections Section 228, for causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others, under the IPC.

The GHMC had in August identified 978 patches of roads that were in a bad condition and pegged the number of potholes in the city at 4,000. At the time, it said that it would take up restoration of these roads at a cost of Rs 50 crore.

TNM reached out to the GHMC zonal commissioner in charge of the road quality at Nalgonda X roads, Charminar zone, but the official was unresponsive.

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