Shivraj Singh Chauhan Boasts Roads in MP Better Than US, Paves Way For Jokes & Facts

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday became a Troll Material on social media after he claimed that the roads in his state were better than those in the United States. Chouhan made the comment while addressing the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum meeting in Washington.

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On a visit to the US, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan yesterday told a meeting that he felt the roads back home in Madhya Pradesh were a lot better than those in the US. “When I got down at the Washington Airport and traveled on roads, I felt the roads in Madhya Pradesh are better than the United States,” said C.M. Shivraj Chauhan.

 

 

The chief minister added that no state can develop without basic infrastructure. He claimed, “Today, we have constructed around 1.75 lakh kilometer roads in the state and all the villages have been well-connected with roads.”

 

 

Madhya Pradesh  C.M. Shivraj has faced flak for poorly-maintained and potholed roads in Madhya Pradesh. Never one to miss an opportunity, Twitter was quick enough to ridicule the Chief Minister’s statement. Twitter users, however, poked fun at Chouhan’s comments sharing pictures of potholed roads in Madhya Pradesh. Several users also shared a picture of Chouhan from August 2016 when the chief minister was carried by security men after he had visited flood-hit areas of Madhya Pradesh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A fact-check of Shivraj’s claim proves otherwise.

To a question by Biju Janata Dal’s Lok Sabha MP about road accidents in India due to potholes, the then Union Minister of State for Road Transport Pon Radhakrishnan, based on 2015 data, replied that while the country recorded as many as 10,876 road accidents resulting from potholes, the number was the highest in Chouhan’s state.

A total of 3,070 pothole-related road accidents were reported from Madhya Pradesh, a little over 28% of the total such accidents. MP was followed by Maharashtra with 1,867 accidents and Uttar Pradesh with 1,196 accidents.

Even so-called economically backward states like Bihar fared better on the count with 402 pothole-related accidents. Rajasthan had 309 such accidents and West Bengal 362.

Even hilly states of the North-East, where heavy rainfall and water current constantly washes away roads and creates potholes, fared much better.

Assam had a mere 24 pothole-related accidents, while Arunachal had 34 and Manipur 31. Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland recorded zero pothole-related accidents.

Mountainous Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh too logged zero such accidents.

Even if one ignores roads in the hinterlands, the roads of capital Bhopal remain in the news constantly due to their poor condition.

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