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102% increase in budget for roads

The civic body has increased the budget for city roads from last year’s Rs713 to Rs1,466 crore, an increase of 102%.

mumbai Updated: Mar 21, 2012 02:00 IST
Kunal Purohit

The civic body has increased the budget for city roads from last year’s Rs713 to Rs1,466 crore, an increase of 102%.

This is the biggest increase in the budgetary allocation for road works in a single year. In fact, the amount set aside for concretising roads this year comes to Rs800 crore.

Since July last year, Hindustan Times has been constantly running a campaign for better roads in the city.

The budget focuses on concretising 241km of lanes in the coming year. It has also proposed relaying asphalt on 118km roads by setting aside Rs1,12 crore.

The civic body has also proposed to resurface the entire Marine Drive stretch at a total cost of Rs36 crore.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to do this with mechanised mastic, a material that is known for its strength and is generally used on traffic junctions.

The BMC has also decided to use modern technology to ensure better roads. HT had earlier reported that the civic body planned to use ground penetrating radar scanners to find defects, cracks and tracking utilities beneath the ground.

In addition, the civic body also plans to install sensors in road rollers to track its usage during repair works.

Apart from roads, the BMC has increased the budget for bridges by 97% — from Rs165 crore last year to Rs327crore for 2012-13. Among the major projects planned are the repairs of 27 weak bridges identified by experts.

Aseem Gupta, additional municipal commissioner, said, “The idea is to ensure that all roads that need to be upgraded are carried out immediately This budget will ensure that we can take up a huge number of new road works worth more than Rs400 crore, in addition to the works that we begin last year.”