A woman was crushed under a bus after she fell off a bike that hit a pothole in heavy rain in Kalyan near Mumbai on Sunday. The incident, caught on CCTV camera, once again exposes the poor state of infrastructure in and around Mumbai, exacerbated by rain each year.
Manisha Bhoir, who worked at a school in Thane’s Kalyan, was going home with a family member last evening when the accident took place. In the video, Ms Bhoir can be seen riding pillion as she holds up an umbrella in the pouring rain.
As the two-wheeler skidded over a pothole on the flooded road in Kalyan’s Shivaji Chowk, Ms Bhoir and her co-rider were thrown off the bike to their right.
In no time, the rear wheels of a speeding bus ran over Ms Bhoir. As her relative and passers-by rushed to pull her out, the bus inched forward, further crushing the woman. She died on the spot.
Several roads were waterlogged and rail tracks submerged at some places because of continuous rain in Mumbai and the suburbs since Saturday night. Kalyan and many areas in Thane were flooded.
Of the 26 weather stations in Mumbai and its suburbs, 14 recorded more than 100 mm rainfall since Saturday, according to the weather office.
In April, the Bombay High Court said the Maharashtra government’s efforts to make every city “smart” was commendable but it would only be possible when a city’s roads, streets and footpaths were in a good condition and free of potholes.