Refuting the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation officials’ claims of 35 potholes on city roads, the ruling Shiv Sena demanded an inquiry against them. Standing committee chairman and senior Sena leader Yashodhar Phanse has also asked for a list of roads visited by senior officials and the repairs undertaken to be submitted in the general body meeting, which will be held on Thursday.
Citizens and political parties have been complaining about BMC under-reporting the number of potholes on city roads. The increasing number of potholes has made travelling a nightmare for motorists. On Wednesday, corporators lashed at the administration for not repairing potholes at the third meeting in a row.
IA Kundan, additional municipal commissioner, presiding over the meeting, said out of the 4,621 pothole complaints registered, 4,586 have been attended by BMC. On this, Phanse said, “Between Mahim church and Sena Bhavan itself there are more than 35 potholes. The administration is misleading Mumbaiites and we demand an inquiry on it. We are not ready to accept the excuse of excessive rainfall for potholes anymore.” The data on potholes is corroborated by the roads department of BMC.
Sena’s ally BJP also demanded a visit by the standing committee immediately to refute the claims. Manoj Kotak, BJP group leader said, “We just have to visit the A ward and count the number of potholes to refute the administration’s claims.”
Corporators also lashed out at the administration’s reply on the JJ Marg potholes discussed in the last meeting. Last week, Rizwan Khan, 21, lost his life after allegedly falling into a crater for which BJP and opposition parties walked off the meeting.
The administration, however, has said that there are no potholes on JJ Marg as it is a “concrete road” and the accident would have occurred owing to a caved chamber of MTNL’s utility line. The reply also stated that BMC has no policy to provide a compensation to the victim’s family in such cases.
Rais Shaikh, a Samajwadi Party corporator who had demanded a compensation for Khan’s family, said, “It is shameful and unacceptable that the administration can reply like this. We are tired of telling them about the number of potholes on JJ Marg.”
Senior road officials however maintained that they are trying their best to solve the issue. They also said that the excess rainfall and lack of dry period continues to a problem to conduct road repairs.
STRAP: The party demand inquiry against civic officials claiming that city has only 35 potholes