Dadarao Bilhore- The Pothole Dada
We live in a society full of mis-happenings and accidents. Today when we walk on street, drive a car or even just play around- accidents is the biggest fear of our loved ones. Whenever we are late home, we can always see the worried face of our parents, or when they ask her to return early by the evening. These are all due to the frequent accidents happening every now and then. And then we see people who lose their loved ones each day, the grief, the pain and the struggle can’t be better explained by them only. But out of these very few come out to actually act upon the circumstances. Dadarao Bilhore is one such man going around filling potholes.
Dadarao Bilhore- A man preventing road accidents in mumbai!
Dadarao Bilhore is a man from Mumbai, who goes around seeing potholes, and if he finds one- he stops and fills it up. But all these efforts didn’t came out just like that, he met with a tragic incident back in 2015. It was a rainy day when his 16 years old son- Prakash Bilhore, went out with his cousin to get admission in a college. His mother asked him to come early, never realizing that it was her last time seeing her son. Coming back from college, the lanes were filled with water and it was hard predicting the potholes beneath and just like that his bike slipped. His cousin who was driving the bike was wearing a helmet and thus was saved only to see that his cousin behind- who is laying still on the road- Prakash had died on the spot. Dadarao was shattered, devastated and cried a lot while his wife was depressed over the loss of their young child. But for Bilhore, the grief only lasted for a day, the very next morning began his journey of filling every pothole in Mumbai- so that no other family will suffer like him. Wherever he went and saw a pothole, he filled them up using concretes and stones.
“I don’t want people to face the same fate as my son, Prakash. I will keep working till India becomes pothole-free. Our nation has a huge population. If even one lakh people start filling potholes, India will become pothole-free.”
Before he use to work alone towards his mission but today he has a team of 14 members working alongside him. Together they had managed to fill up almost 600 potholes in Mumbai.
He says, “Our nation has a huge population. If even 1 lakh of us start filling potholes, India will become pothole-free.”
And just like this, the 41 year old Dadarao has come to be known as “The pothole dada of Mumbai”. Bilhore now has a dedicated army of volunteers with him, who picks up mud, debris or concrete blocks, whichever is available near the spot to fill up the potholes. Together they are accomplishing a mission to never let another Prakash die out of a road accident and are willing to serve this purpose till their last breath.
Potholes are so common that a campaign have Mumbai featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the city with the most potholes. Potholes covers a lot of a section in the road accident scenario combined in India. Potholes caused the deaths of almost 10 Indians every day. The roads minister, Mansuk Mandaviya, said that 3,597 people had been killed and 25,000 injured in 2017 owing to accidents caused by potholes alone. So it is indeed a major call for the government to realize the need of road safety in India. If an effort of an individual can serve such a good purpose so the joint effort by the government can actually recover the whole scenario.