4,000 potholes filled, only 35 left, claims BMC

  • Tanushree Venkatraman, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Sep 22, 2016 01:32 IST
Potholes on Matunga flyover on Wednesday. (Vijayanand Gupta/HT)

The continuous downpour has taken the number of pothole complaints this monsoon up to 4,455, of which, 121 were registered in the past fortnight. The high number of craters on roads has resulted in traffic mayhem on a majority of roads in the city. The Brihanmumbai Muncipal Corporation (BMC), however, says most potholes have been filled; only 35 remain as of September 21.

 Of the 4,455 potholes, the maximum, at 2,167 craters ,have been registered in the western suburbs, followed by 1,251 in the island city, and 1,037 in the eastern suburbs, according to BMC data. On September 10, just about a fortnight ago, the number of potholes registered was 4,334. 

Citizens took to Twitter to express their disappointment. Mrunal Mathuria, a student tweeted, “BMC claims 37 potholes in Mumbai. But we find more than 20 potholes in a radius of 200 metres.” 

 The Mumbai traffic police, on Tuesday, also tweeted that the southbound traffic on the Western Express Highway at Malad, Jogeshwari and Vakola had slowed down “owing to rain and potholes”. Senior civic officials, however, said that they are continuously tackling crater complaints.  

On Wednesday, waterlogging complaints were received from western suburbs, mainly Andheri and Bandra. 

 The continuous downpour from Saturday has been making travel chaotic for motorists all across.

There is going to be no respite in the coming days as the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast “heavy to very heavy rainfall” in the next 48 hours. 

 Between 8am and 6pm on Wednesday, the island city received 36.68mm rainfall, while the eastern and the western suburbs received 34.68mm and 22.26mm rainfall respectively, BMC data reveals. 

 The city reported tree-fall incidents at three different locations, 1 in eastern suburbs and 2 in western suburbs. 

 The tail-end of monsoon has, however, resulted in the lakes reaching 99.2% of their total capacity.

Last year, the total capacity had reached only to 76% comparatively.  

The city needs 14.47 lakh million litres for an entire year till the arrival of the next monsoon. The total useful content in all the seven lakes currently is 14.36 lakh million litres. 

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