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Mangaluru: Vehicle accident - owner wants to recover loss from NHAI project director

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Apr 12: In a complaint filed in Mulky police station, the owner of a fish transport pick-up vehicle has named project director of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) here, Samson Vijay Kumar, as being responsible for causing accident of his vehicle. He has said that is vehicle was involved with accident because of unscientific works being conducted on national highway 66.

The said complaint was made by the owner of the fish transport vehicle, Muhammed Rafique. His vehicle was carrying a load of fish from the city to Udupi when its tyre burst and the pick-up vehicle hit the road divider at around 2.45 pm on April 8, he said. The repair expenses of the wheel and engine worked out to about Rs 60,000. Fish load worth Rs 1.5 lac also went waste because of the accident, he claimed.

"Unscientific road work was undertaken at the the spot where the accident happened. Although complaint about this issue was made to the project director of NHAI many a time, he did not take any steps. Because of the callousness on the part of the highways department, my vehicle met with the accident. The loss incurred by me should be recovered from Samson Vijay Kumar," he urged the police in his complaint.

Rafique pointed out that he had paid tax when buying the vehicle and also paid toll charges at Suratkal toll plaza, when moving towards Udupi. He has asked the police to register case against the project director named above, get the road repair done, and to recover the entire amount spent on vehicle repairs from the said official. He said that the Supreme Court had observed in a verdict last year that in case accident happens in bad road, complaint can be registered against the person who laid the road and those who maintain it, as they are responsible for such an accident.

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  • NN, NN

    Sat, Apr 13 2019

    Tyre burst may not be a strong case, but the idea of suing the individual official and the NHAI for negligence is a good move in order to bring accountability.

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  • SMK, Uduoi

    Sat, Apr 13 2019

    The main cause of accident tyre burst . Why did tyre burst? - expired tyre / unsafe tyre he is using ? First let them investigate the tyre condition & his vehicle maintenance and fitness . Of course am not mentioning that road is good / bad. Even a world class standard road if tyre burst , the impact of accident will be very high , vehicle can not be handled may lead to fatal / major damage

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    Sat, Apr 13 2019

    For all the Modi and his faku team responsible

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 13 2019

    NHAI's job is to deliver safe Roads & not collect only Toll ...

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  • Joe D'Souza, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 13 2019

    Thanks to Mr Rafique. Do not give up the fight until success. Corruption is the bottom line of these problem. Almost every divider is death trap because Engineers do not care. Because money comes easy under the table. Good Luck to You. I hope other citizens will take same steps as you did.

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi

    Sat, Apr 13 2019

    This should be a monumental case. Potholes, unscientific roads (now coming up in Udupi-Manipal Highway) are dangerous areas. NHAI should be held as a murderer! And look at their CORRUPTION level!!!!

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  • Lambert, Manganauru

    Sat, Apr 13 2019

    What about the substandard fish you are selling .

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  • Ilyas, Udupi

    Sat, Apr 13 2019

    Book a case against the u pay tax for the fish u purchased ?.

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  • SmR, Karkala

    Fri, Apr 12 2019

    Only in Modi's India, the commuters pay at 'tall gate' for their own death. Who cares in a nation where more than 5 lakh commuters killed in road accidents from Billion plus population?

    When Union Minister for Transport Nitin Gadkari who believes pure RSS man and India next, who cares about the quality of roads?
    In Japan Engineers unbelievably repair the 9.0 magnitude earthquake-ravaged road in Only 6 Days. In Modi's India flyover in his own constituency of Varanasi collapsed even before inauguration. Built on a budget of Rs 7,500-crore, the 14-lane Delhi-Meerut Expressway inaugurated by PM Modi starts cracking just after first few rain spells.PM Modi inaugurated a 9km stretch of this in an extravagant roadshow nearly 90% of the 82-km project is yet to be made operational.

    India has awarded road contracts at a "breakneck pace” in 2018. In the financial year 2017-18, the NHAI has awarded 150 road projects of 7,400 km worth Rs 1,22,000 crore. In the past five years, the government claims, the average length of road projects awarded by NHAI was 2,860km with 4,335km awarded in the last financial year. In comparison, the length of projects awarded in FY 2017-18 is an all-time high and a record achievement by NHAI since its inception in 1995.

    Back in May, PM Modi after his roadshow had said: "The modern infrastructure of the country has a very important role in improving the lives of all the 1.25 crore people of the country. With this, everyone is on the path of development, because the infrastructure does not distinguish between caste, creed, community, rich and poor."
    While such "commitment" to development and inclusiveness has every potential to sweep voters off their feet, the reality behind such promises — sadly, Mangaluru vehicle accident — also exposes the gaping holes.
    Record on meeting infrastructure targets will prove crucial ahead of 2019, but what about putting the common man's life at risk?
    Jai Hind

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  • RAHUL T G, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 13 2019

    what a useless comment smr. no facts.

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  • SmR, Karkala

    Sat, Apr 13 2019

    RAHUL T G, Mangalore
    Sir, Truth always triumphs. The details which I presented is Modi governments own submission to the RTI reply.
    It may be bitter for you. But I like to stand with Mangaluru vehicle accident owner at this juncture. If I don't express myself I may be one more victim of the same.
    Jai Hind

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  • RkR, Mangalore/ Dubai

    Fri, Apr 12 2019

    National highway z not per standards, you can find road being raised in few spots- nor you can name it hump/ bump - no marks or say signboard which says slow down.
    Here NHAI could blame the contractor, n escape.

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  • Jennifer, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 12 2019

    "His vehicle was carrying a load of fish from the city to Udupi when its tyre burst and the pick-up vehicle hit the road divider at around 2.45 pm on April 8, he said. "

    Please tell him to explain : Did the tyre burst because of road works, or because of badly maintaining them ? Why didn't he make sure whether the tyres are fit enough to carry the load he is putting on the vehicle ? Hitting the road divider took place because the tyres burst, it would have moved on like all other vehicles if the tyres had not burst.

    Tax paid while buying the vehicle or the road toll paid is not to ensure safe reaching of his cargo. For that he must insure the load - taxes don't cover it. Tomorrow he may load gold bars on his vehicles and it gets stolen on the way - whom he will claim the compensation from ??

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  • flavian dsouza, chik/bengaluru

    Fri, Apr 12 2019

    yes I really support that . We should make govt and contractors responsible and that's how it works all over the world .

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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Fri, Apr 12 2019

    It's very sad, road works going on in a manner causing accidents.
    However, NHAI is public sector undertaking, it's workings and control is much different than that of private sector. Had it been a private sector, loss would have been recoverable but doubtful in this case.
    They will say user should have taken aboundant care!

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