Every year during the month of June, July, all we hear about are stories related to Mumbai rains, water-logging, potholes related deaths, and BMC claiming everything is right. This has been the tale of Mumbai for as long as one can imagine.
Fed up of this problem, a resident in Mumbai has come up with a unique way to shame the authorities. Navin Lade, on behalf of Mumbaikars has applied to both Guinness World records and Limca Book of Record for having the maximum number of potholes on the roads.
If Navin Lade’s entry is accepted, then Mumbai would become famous for the infamous potholes. Lade got this idea after reading a newspaper report which said the city roads were cratered with over 20000 potholes.
He couldn’t believe how Mumbai is taken for granted. Therefore, the general secretary of the employment wing of the Republican Party of Indian (RPI), Lade wondered if he could get the city into record books for reasons which won’t make it proud.
After finding no such prior entry, he decided to apply for it on the behalf of Mumbaikars to both Guinness World Records and Limca Book of Records.
As the first step, Lade paid Rs 350 as application fee to Guinness. At this price, he will get a call from the Guinness within eight weeks. However, Lade wants to do it quickly, therefore, he needs $ 1000 which would help him to get a call from Guinness within five working days.
Lade is ready to bear this non-refundable expense and is making sure that by then he has a documentary evidence in form of the photographs, videos and news clippings.
Lade is also ready to pay for the stay and other expenses of the staff of Guinness and Limca from his own pocket as the expenses don’t bother him, potholes do.
“Every year, the city and its people suffer during these months. From buildings and bridges falling down to waterlogging and potholes, all of these have led to several casualties. Despite the high death toll, those in power seem unaffected and keep repeating their old promises and assurances every year. Perhaps a dubious distinction of this kind would shame them into action,” said Lade to Mumbai Mirror.
In case his application gets through and the record is approved, he plans to present the distinction certificate to BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta. The readers can forward their potholes pictures and videos at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his number 9664017777.