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332 new potholes in a day with just 91.04 mm rain

91.04mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours has added 332 potholes on the city’s roads in one day alone. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)’s online system of identifying and tracking potholes saw a spurt in complaints in just one day, taking the total number of potholes identified so far to 6,677.

mumbai Updated: Jul 19, 2012 00:37 IST
Kunal Purohit

91.04mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours has added 332 potholes on the city’s roads in one day alone. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)’s online system of identifying and tracking potholes saw a spurt in complaints in just one day, taking the total number of potholes identified so far to 6,677.

Civic officials warn that the actual number of potholes could be way more than those reported, since many potholes have not been photographed and uploaded on the system.

Of these 6,677 potholes, only 4,706 have been filled so far, which means 1,971 are still to be attended to. K West ward, which includes Juhu and Andheri(West), has reported a total of 484 potholes this season, the highest for any ward.

This isn’t all. Contractors have missed the 48-hour deadline to fill potholes at 229 locations.

Interestingly, 281 potholes have been registered in roads constructed in the last five years. “Potholes on such roads show there are glaring loopholes in the way roads are being constructed in the city,” said a civic official, who did not wish to be named.

Additional municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta said: “Ideally, there shouldn’t be any potholes on roads under the defect liability period. However, if there are potholes then it can mean that either the quality of construction was bad or that the road’s design was faulty.”

The civic body has decided to also crack the whip on contractors whose roads, falling under the defect liability period, have shown potholes. Currently, the civic body gets these contractors to fill potholes at their own cost and also fines them. However, it is mulling over other options.