Three days of heavy rain has exposed the shoddy job done by the civic body and road authorities to fill up the city’s potholes with 1,700 potholes surfacing at 308 locations across the city. A week ago, there were only 68 pothole-ridden locations in the city.
These figures have emerged in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) weekly survey on potholes, the report of which was released on Tuesday.
“All city roads were fine five days ago, but potholes surfaced again because of three days of heavy rain,” admitted Kumar after a meeting with civic officials.
According to the report, out of the 308 pothole-ridden locations, 147 locations are in the western suburbs, 118 in the island city and 43 in the eastern suburbs. Each location has around 6-7 potholes. Malad, at 53, tops the list of the areas with the maximum number of pockmarked locations.
Municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar has asked the civic administration to fill the potholes within two days so that the roads are prepared for Ganesh Chaturthi that begins on Thursday. “We have instructed the department to fill potholes with cold-mix material as it does not require dry roads,” said Kumar. He also told the administration to prune trees on roads that witness the arrival and immersion procession of Ganpati each year.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) said they began filling potholes on Tuesday. “All the potholes on the flyovers under our governance were attended to but due to the rains, they have resurfaced. Nevertheless, the filling work started on Tuesday, since that was the only rain-free day after the consecutive downpour,” said Dilip Kawathkar, MMRDA spokesperson.
Public Works Department (PWD) authorities said potholes on the Eastern/Western Expressways and Sion-Panvel Highway would be attended to soon.
“We have already deployed labourers on all rain-affected roads. Potholes will be filled within two days if the dry spell continues,” said RK Jawanjal, executive engineer, PWD.
Meanwhile, potholes are causing severe traffic jams, especially on arterial roads.
The situation is particularly bad on the Khar-Bandra stretch and the Santacruz flyover on the Western Express Highway, Garodia Nagar at Ghatkopar on the Eastern Express Highway, Kannamwar Nagar flyover bridge, RC Marg at Chembur, Vikhroli Circle on the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road, the road below Sion flyover and Kings’ Circle flyover.