The BMC had promised Mumbaiites a less bumpy ride this monsoon. However, the claims have been washed away in just 24 hours of rain, with 47 potholes reported across Mumbai between Friday and Saturday.
This has taken the total number of potholes reported since June 1 to 141.
Of these, 65 are yet to be repaired, according to the data available on the civic body’s pothole tracking website (www.voiceofcitizen.com). The highest number of potholes – 30 – was reported in the H-West ward, which including Bandra (West) and Santacruz, followed by L ward, Kurla, at 26.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), however, has maintained that fewer complaints have been recorded this year compared to the same period last year.
Following showers on Friday and Saturday, areas such as Hindmata in Dadar experienced water-logging, while 31 complaints of tree fall were registered, leaving two injured.
The BMC had allocated Rs14 crore for pothole repair work this time, 50% less than last year, claiming to concentrate on the major junctions.
Last year, the civic body’s road department was hit by controversy, after it came to light that road engineers were bypassing the pothole-tracking system and not reporting all the complaints. This tine, senior civic officials said such irregularities will be controlled.
Following chief Ajoy Mehta’s orders, the civic body has launched a drive against illegal and unhygienic roadside eateries, acting against more than 1,000 in the past four days. According to senior civic officials, handcarts blocking traffic have also been removed from the roads.