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Mumbai civic chief pushes officials to finish road repairs on time

Mumbai city news: BMC chief Ajoy Mehta asked the road department to provide contractors with contact details numbers of contractors in each ward for better coordination during monsoon

mumbai Updated: Jun 03, 2017 23:58 IST
Sanjana Bhalerao
BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta told officials to cover all manholes and pay attention to roads where Metro work is going on to prevent flooding.
BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta told officials to cover all manholes and pay attention to roads where Metro work is going on to prevent flooding.(HT FILE)

With the monsoon around the corner, civic chief Ajoy Mehta asked the road department on Saturday to hold a meeting with road contractors and help them overcome hurdles to ensure that the roads are repaired on time.

Mehta, in a monthly meeting, said the officials must meet with all contractors — those who are responsible for filling potholes and those who are supposed to maintain roads for a period of three years or defect liability period.

The commissioner also asked the department to take stock of the manpower and technology the contractors have and provide them with contact details of road contractors appointed in each ward for better coordination during the monsoon.

All the civic body’s departments also presented their monsoon preparedness reports in the meeting. Mehta also met ward officers, deputy municipal commissioners and additional municipal commissioners, and gave them specific instructions to ensure that citizens do not face difficulties during the rainy season. Mehta told officials to cover all manholes and pay attention to roads where Metro work is going on to prevent flooding.

Moreover, the BMC is racing to complete repairing 8.6 km of roads in the next three days. These roads have witnessed huge jams during the rains. The work began in October 2016 when the BMC asked various utility companies to dig 378.12 km of roads across the city. So far work on 369.60 km of roads has been completed. The civic body will also appoint 2,500 civic workers at various places across 24 wards that have a history of flooding.

This year, the BMC has identified 66 chronic flooding spots where water takes longer to recede. These spots also include railway stations. Mehta had asked ward officers in March to prepare a list of roads and divide them into priority I and II. Priority I roads were those that needed to be fixed immediately as they were prone to potholes and flooding. Priority II roads were relatively better off.