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Uddhav apologises for poor condition of Mumbai roads

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 31, 2013
First Published: 08:34 IST(31/7/2013) | Last Updated: 08:37 IST(31/7/2013)

A day after the Bombay high court took a stern stand on the abysmal condition of roads in the city, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray apologised to Mumbaiites for inconveniencing their daily commute.

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For close to decades, Shiv Sena has been the ruling party of the civic body, which has come under severe criticism for the poor quality of roads in the city.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray examines workers filling potholes at Vile Parle on Wednesday.

“When the rainfall decreases, we will be able to resume repairing roads and filling potholes. But, I would really like to apologise for the inconvenience that people are facing,” Thackeray said on Monday after surveying roads at Vile Parle, along with Mayor Sunil Prabhu and road engineers.

On Monday, the high court sent show-cause notices to the civic body, the Thane Municipal Corporation and the state government with regards to the condition of the roads in the city.

Thackeray added that, along with the BMC, the state government was equally responsible for the state of the roads.

Several arterial roads and flyovers in Mumbai fall under the jurisdiction of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) and the Public Works Department (PWD), which are state agencies, a Sena leader said.

Thackeray added that, along with the BMC, the state government was equally responsible for the state of the roads.

Several arterial roads and flyovers in Mumbai fall under the jurisdiction of the MMRDA, MSRDC and the PWD which are state agencies, a Sena leader said.

Meanwhile, Uddhav’s son and Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray blamed the practice of giving contracts to the lowest bidder as the reason behind the inferior work quality and the inability to concretise roads during monsoon.

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