NHAI officer disputes Rishabh Pant's claim that there are no potholes on the route
According to a National Highways Authority of India official, the route where cricketer Rishabh Pant's automobile had a near-fatal collision did not have any potholes.
After meeting the cricketer on Sunday at a hospital in Dehradun, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami reported that Pant had told him that his car had crashed while he was attempting to dodge a pothole on the roadway.
Pradeep Singh Gusain, project director for the NHAI Roorkee Division, told PTI, "The route where the accident happened was free of potholes. Due to a canal (Rajwaha) next to the highway, the road where the automobile crashed is a little narrow. Irrigation is done through the canal."
Gusain further disputed that the NHAI had repaired the accident scene and filled in the "potholes," despite the fact that some images of construction workers allegedly restoring a section of the highway went viral late on Sunday night.
After seeing Pant at the Max Hospital, Dhami had told the media that the cricketer had lost control of the car while attempting to dodge a pothole or something else dark.
Dhami saw Pant in the hospital and claimed to reporters, "He (Pant) said the car drifted across the road while trying to avoid a pothole or something dark."
Shyam Sharma, the director of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), who saw Pant on Saturday, also reported that the tragedy happened as the keeper-batter was attempting to navigate a pothole in the early hours of Friday.
As a result of Pant's luxury car colliding with a road barrier and catching fire in Roorkee in the Haridwar region at around 5.30 am on Friday, numerous injuries were sustained by the cricketer, who miraculously managed to escape.