In a big relief to motorists, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is all set to improve 122 junctions across the city. The civic body has invited bids for the project that is estimated to cost Rs201 crore, officials confirmed.
According to officials, a majority of these junctions are in a very bad shape and prove to be cumbersome for motorists. “We will be improving it by removing old paver blocks and relaying it with mastic asphalt. The work is expected to begin in the next three months,” said a senior civic official from the roads department in BMC.
The civic body has selected 52 junctions in the island city that will be improved at a cost of Rs118 crore, 45 in the western suburbs for around Rs56 crore and another 25 junctions in the eastern suburbs at a cost of Rs26.40 crore, officials confirmed.
The junctions to be undertaken in the project include the one opposite Manish Market at Fort, the junction near JJ flyover and one opposite the Siddhivinayak temple in Prabhadevi.
The BMC had started extensive use of paver blocks in 2002-03. Instead of improving the road infrastructure, the paver blocks proved to be a nightmare for citizens as the blocks would frequently come off and break resulting in improper road alignment and potholes.
In the past few months, the BMC has taken significant steps to improve the city’s chaotic roads by scrapping insignificant proposals, checking corruption in road contracts and ordering prompt repairs of roads.