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324 new potholes. It will be a bumpy ride

Even as the civic body experiments with new technology to fill potholes, the number of unattended potholes is increasing and has now touched 918.

mumbai Updated: Jul 04, 2012 02:18 IST
Alok Deshpande

The city roads have 324 new potholes following a few spells of heavy showers over the past 48 hours.

What’s even worse is that the number of unattended potholes is rising. Apart from the new complaints, another 594 potholes have not been filled despite the civic body’s assurance that it will address pothole complaints within 48 hours.

“We are aware about the issue of unattended potholes. We have asked the officers to prepare a list of contractors who have not followed the rules [of filling a pothole within 48 hours]. Once the list is ready, we will be able to identify the defaulters and fine them,” said Aseem Gupta, additional municipal commissioner.

The number of unattended potholes shows a rise also because often one pothole is counted multiple times because of complaints, he added.

Since November 2011, 3,704 potholes have been reported on city roads under the jurisdiction of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), of which engineers have attended to 2,786 potholes.

The BMC has also received 169 pothole complaints on roads managed by other agencies.

With 286 potholes reported on roads in Andheri (west) – K-west ward – it’s the worst affected area in the city. Kandivli (R-south) follows close behind with 275 potholes.

The civic body’s plan to distribute the responsibility of filling potholes among its various departments, which carry out repair works on roads, does not seem to be working.

Of the 104 potholes meant to be filled by the various departments, only three have been attended to so far.

“For the first time ever, we are experimenting with cold-mix technologies on our roads so filling potholes has become quicker and more efficient. It is too early to comment on whether this technology has worked or not. We will be able to take a call on its success as the monsoon progresses,” said civic commissioner Sitaram Kunte.

“The BMC must improve the quality of roads being constructed. Then the problem of potholes won’t arise,” said Rajkumar Sharma, member of Action for Good Governance and Networking in India.