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Jul 23, 2013 at 09:13pm IST

Mumbai pothole menace: MNS workers release BMC officials who were held captive

Mumbai: BMC officials, who were held captive by MNS workers over pothole menace in Mumbai, have been released after the state municipal body provided written assurances that the potholes would be fixed once the rain stops.

The BMC has also promised to take action against all erring contractors. MNS workers held BMC officials captive earlier on Tuesday evening claiming that complaints about potholes have gone unheeded for the past two months. The MNS had also demanded that contractors who are not upto the mark be black listed.

The move by the MNS came a day after a 48-year-old woman died in Mumbai after falling from a two-wheeler while trying to avoid a pothole on a road in Vasai. The incident took place on Friday near the Vasai rail bridge. She succumbed to her injuries on Sunday. The woman who had her daughter pillion riding with her, died after suffering head injuries.

This was the third death in Mumbai due to potholes. CNN-IBN had reported how even after spending crores for over five years on reconstruction of roads in Mumbai, potholes continue to trouble commuters in the financial city of the country.

Earlier this month, 28-year-old civil engineer Umesh, was killed when his two wheeler hit a six inch pothole on the Western Express Highway. Despite wearing a helmet, Umesh sustained injuries and was declared dead on arrival at hospital.