With the repair of 300-odd roads in the city underway, the civic body has said it will now shift focus to resurfacing six bridges across the city. But for a smooth ride, you will have to wait until next year.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s move comes after it faced severe criticism from citizens over poorly maintained roads
Civic chief Ajoy Mehta has asked officials to issue tenders to resurface the six bridges by month-end. Of the six, two bridges — Santacruz Chembur Link Road (SCLR) and Byculla-Lalbaug flyover — were opened for traffic just a few years ago, but have already developed several potholes.
“These two bridges were not constructed by the BMC , but were handed over by the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA). As the defect liability period, where the contractor who constructed the bridges maintains it, has ended, we will appointing new contractors to resurface them,” said a senior civic official from the bridges department.
Several other bridges in the island city, such as Chinchpokli, Parel TT, Sion (towards Dharavi) and Patthe Bapurao flyover near Tardeo will also be resurfaced. Civic sources said an approximate cost of Rs25 crore is likely to be spent on the resurfacing of the six bridges, and a majority of this — Rs16 crore — may be spent on resurfacing SCLR and Lalbaug alone.
“Work is not likely to begin before January, as approval of tenders and issuing work orders will require two months,” said a senior civic official.
Mehta has also asked the roads department to start resurfacing three pothole-ridden bridges on Dr BR Ambedkar road on a priority basis. With various potholes reported on King Circle, Hindmata and Sion Hospital flyovers during the monsoon, Mehta in a meeting with deputy municipal commissioners last week ordered that the roads and bridges department carry out resurfacing at the earliest.
The roads department has been directed to do resurfacing work by the contractors appointed for filling potholes. Resurfacing of these three flyovers will be carried out by Roads department’s emergency fund, as it requires urgent repairs, said a civic official.