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“Cannot let roads become killing fields:” Kerala High Court slams NHAI after man dies by falling in pothole

Justice Devan Ramachandran said that though we have several provisions, it is seldom put to effective implementation.

He observed that even the District Collectors cannot be mere spectators and react solely when an accident happens, as they are empowered under the Disaster Management Act to act before any disasters occur, even manmade ones.

I fail to understand the purpose of an order issued under the Disaster Management Act after an accident has happened. It is surely for the Disaster Management Authority of every District to act proactively to ensure that such do not happen, whether that be in the National Highwa;, PWD Roads; or any other road under the control of the various Local Self Government Institutions“, the order stated.

Source: Barandbench

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