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MSRDC blames rains for state of flyovers

Saurabh Katkurwar , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 05, 2013
First Published: 10:20 IST(5/7/2013) | Last Updated: 10:26 IST(5/7/2013)

Despite several claims, flyovers that are the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation's (MSRDC) responsibility are filled with potholes and torn stretches, resulting in huge inconvenience to motorists.

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The MSRDC had earlier claimed that the flyovers were rain-ready. Now, the agency is blaming heavy showers for the bad condition of flyovers and has expressed helplessness in keeping them pothole-free.

“Bitumen or asphalt get damaged when they come in contact with water, hence potholes form during the rains,”said SM Ramchandani, joint managing director, MSRDC, adding that they were filling the potholes to avoid inconvenience to motorists.

MSRDC managing director Bipin Shrimali was not available for comment.

Expert blamed untimely action by authorities for bad condition of roads. “Repairs should be carried out before May 10 so there is enough time for compaction of bitumen or asphalt.

However, authorities carry out work till monsoon sets in,” said Nandkumar Salvi, a road expert.


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