When people get together for a common cause, change happens. Sometimes, they may need to take matters into their own hands to make a difference. This is exactly what happened in Mumbai’s Kurla area where Prashant Tripathi, a leading television journalist died in a road accident as a speed breaker had not been painted, and hence was not visible. A group of youth came together and decided to paint the speed breakers in the area with zebra stripes.
Prashant died when his speeding autorickshaw overturned after hitting another autorickshaw on New Mill Road, New Kurla, last week. Residents believe that the unpainted speed breakers were responsible for the accident.
The police have arrested one of the auto drivers, while the other escaped. However, no fingers were pointed at the fact that the speed breaker had not been painted, and thus, was not visible.
The residents of the area wrote a letter to the ward office and ward council, requesting them to get the speed breakers painted with white stripes. Since they did not receive any response in the next two days, the residents decided to take the matter into their own hands.
Rohit Prajapati and his friends from the Subhash Yuvak Mandal painted the speed breaker on their own. Along with this, they also spread awareness in their area about road safety. Rohit said that these speed breakers had last been painted before the elections, but it wore off. He further said that they painted it themselves as they did not want any more accidents to happen.
The group of youth has painted six-speed breakers in the area till now and spending Rs 1,400 on the project.
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