Road contractors in the western suburbs of Mumbai are far worse than their counterparts in the eastern suburbs, as far as delays in road works is concerned.
In the last one month, the civic body has collected over Rs47 lakh as fines from road contractors for delays in commencing roadwork. Of this, Rs35 lakh has been collected from the western suburbs, even though the eastern suburbs has a larger number of roads earmarked for reconstruction, cement concretisation and resurfacing, in phase I of the BMC’s roadwork plan.
In the eastern suburbs, 21 roads have been taken up for work, while 14 each have been taken up in the island city and western suburbs. Work should have been started on all roads (for phase I) in the first week of October. However it was held up initially due to non-receipt of no objection certificate (NOC) from the traffic police. The NOCs were finally issued on November 4. Work did not start on many roads even after this. A senior civic official from the roads department said: “It will be very difficult to complete the work on schedule (May 15).”
“We will try to complete the work in the scheduled time. If contractors are unable to do so, we will invite tenders in the next financial year for the remaining work,” said Aseem Gupta additional municipal commissioner (roads). The BMC issued letters to all contractors last month asking them to start work within six days, failing which they would have to cough up Rs10,000 for the first three days and Rs1 lakh for the next three days.