Pune: Contributing their bit for society, five men made the city proud as they voluntarily filled up potholes on a patch of 200 metres-road near Suttarwadi on Mumbai-Bengaluru national highway meeting the expenses from their own pockets.
Of these five men, four are colleagues at Kokal Interior Pvt Ltd. They are Santosh Phulorkar, Sunil Surve, Nitin Shelar and Pramesh Thakar and had to face the inconvenience daily while travelling over that road. They witnessed daily minor accidents taking place due to craters when they decided to fix the problem.
When these four men were working, Kushal Virkar saw them and joined them. These five men have done remarkable work by filling up seven to eight huge and deep potholes on Saturday on the stretch from Maruti temple to Shiv Prasad dhaba, a patch of 200 metres on Mumbai-Bengaluru National Highway.
Phulorkar said, “We are commuting from Sus to Bavdhan for last 20 years as we work in the same company. We have been noticing for last several weeks that due to heavy rains huge potholes have formed due to which several accidents were taking place here. Besides that there would be traffic jams leading to inconvenience.”
Surve said, “The potholes were nearly two to four feet in width and half to one foot deep. We have seen many times accidents taking place due to these potholes.”
Shelar said, “On Saturday afternoon we took permission from our head to carry out the filling up of the potholes. We started working on it at 11.30 am and finished in two hours that is by 1.30 pm. There was a big pothole in the middle of the road and others were on the side of the road.”
Phulorkar said, “We filled up all the potholes by ordering a truck of mud and there was some tar and stones were dumped on the side of road. We used all these materials and filled up the potholes.”
Virkar said, ”While I was commuting from Sutarwadi, I saw these men working on filling up the potholes. They were managing the traffic and doing the work as well. I had to stop because the potholes were creating a big hurdle for the commuters who daily travel on this road, including me. I helped them by bringing stones and tar from the roadside and filling it up as well.”