This father pledges to cover up every pothole after his son passed away when they crashed into it.
Accidents are inevitable. Sometimes, no matter how careful and cautious we are, things still go wrong and unexpectedly, leading to something harmful. But similar to a disease, untoward incidents can be prevented.
One of the primary life-threatening accidents is a road accident. Every day, numerous people are getting into it and most of them don’t survive. A report said that pothole accidents take away 3,597 lives across India in 2017 alone.
Among those who passed away due to road accident is Dadarao Bilhore’s teenage son, Prakash. The 16-year-old Prakash was a pillion rider on his cousin Ram’s motorcycle when they suddenly crashed into a massive 2-feet-deep pothole.
According to GoodTimes, the violent impact made the two flew in the air. Fortunately, Ram survived because he was wearing a helmet but Prakash didn’t, leading him to suffer from hemorrhage and later demise.
The lost of his son deeply wounded Bilhore’s heart. Bilhore told The Indian Express:
“My son was intelligent and extremely hardworking. He did us proud by becoming the first one in the family to have studied in an English medium school.”
He then pledged to save innocent lives by filling up potholes across the city of Mumbai where he lives. With his shovel, Bilhore fills up each pothole he finds with sand and gravel as he silently prays for Prakash.
“Prakash’s sudden death left a huge void in our lives. I do this work to remember and honor him,” Bilhore told AFP.
“I do this so that hopefully no one else suffers the pain I did,” Bilhore said to the Los Angeles Times.
For the past three years, Bilhore and other volunteers have filled up nearly 600 potholes in Mumbai. He visited the police station several times to raise concern and seek justice but the officials at Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the contractor didn’t answer.
“They are playing with people’s lives with that kind of shoddy work,” he said.
“This battle is for my son and all those who have lost their dear ones, because of potholes. Soon, others too will realize and demand compensation. This will also compel authorities to take prompt and timely action,” he said.
“As long as I am alive and can walk, I will get rid of all of these potholes,” Bilhore said.
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