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Old photo of a road in Bihar is falsely shared as the condition of roads in Uttar Pradesh


Photo of a road full of potholes is being shared on social media claiming it as the pathetic condition of roads in the Mahul village of Uttar Pradesh. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be seen here.

Claim: Photo showing the condition of roads full of potholes in Mahul village, Uttar Pradesh.

Fact: Image in the post shows the old condition of Bhagalpur-Pirpainty-Mirzachowki National highway-80 at Bhagalpur district in Bihar. It is not from the Mahul village in Uttar Pradesh state. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

On reverse image search of the photo shared in the post, we found a similar photo in a tweet posted by a random user in twitter. In that tweet, it is mentioned as the condition of Bhagalpur-Pirpainty National Highway in Bihar. Based on this information we searched for additional information using keywords. We found the same photo in an article published by ‘Times of India’ news website in 2017, with the title ‘Bhagalpur NH-80 in a bad shape’. In that article, it is mentioned that the photo shows the condition of Bhagalpur-Pirpainty- Mirzachowki National highway-80 in Bhagalpur, Bihar.

When the same image went viral in 2017, the then Bihar Road and Transport Minister Tejaswi Yadav tweeted that the image doesn’t show the ground reality. ‘ABP Live’ news channel investigation revealed that the photo is of the national highway in Bhagalpur district in Bihar but shows its condition from two months prior to it going viral and that a new road has been laid by the time of their visit.

The same image was earlier shared as the condition of roads in Kerala (Wayanad) and Telangana. Factly has debunked these which can be read here and here.

To sum it up, an old photo of a road from Bhagalpur district in Bihar is falsely shared as the condition of roads in Mahul village of Uttar Pradesh.

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