With an eye on the civic polls that are barely six months away, elected representatives in the civic body have demanded smooth roads to avoid the ire of citizens during Ganeshotsav. With hardly a few days left for the festival, the corporators want the civic body to spring into action. They also said it was becoming difficult for them to face the citizens owing to pothole ridden roads in the city.
The corporators raised concerns over Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) unpreparedness to tackle the hundreds of potholes on roads ahead of Ganeshotsav. They also questioned if any changes have been brought in road construction technology after the scam and further demanded an assurance by the civic body that the potholes will be filled ahead of the festive season.
However, the civic body is yet to complete filling up all the potholes as the deadline given to various ganesh mandals of August 26 is just a day away and there are still hundreds of potholes pending to be repaired. With elections around the corner, missed deadline by the civic officials will not send a positive message out on public, feared the ruling party corporators.
It was after four months since the road scam was brought to light that the civic body had tabled fresh proposal of reconstruction and repair of roads, during the discussion on this proposal in the standing committee meeting held on Wednesday, corporators pointed out civic body’s shoddy work. However, the proposal on roads repair was approved by the standing committee members.
“With a festive period ahead, the civic body’s lethargic attitude towards filling of potholes has become a major cause of worry for us. We want the civic body to complete filling of potholes before Ganeshotsav, so that a positive message is sent out and we can at least face our voters, ” said Dilip Patel, corporator of BJP.
Pravin Chheda, Opposition leader and Congress corporator, said, “The BMC should complete their work and also assure that the new tenders that are issued for new works will be properly supervised so that the problem of potholes is reduced. We are the ones who are answerable for the civic administration’s mistakes.”
Meanwhile, the pothole complaints received by BMC have exceeded last year's count. Where last year till August 23, 3564 potholes were recorded, this year till same date the number of pothole complaints have gone up to 3746. One of the civic officials requesting anonymity, said, “We are filling potholes on war-footing so that the Ganeshotsav is celebrated smoothly without affecting the idols.”