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48-hr deadline ends, potholes still remain

mumbai Updated: Aug 08, 2011 02:18 IST
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The civic body has failed to meet the state government’s 48-hour deadline — of Sunday morning — to fill potholes in the city. In fact, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will miss the cut-off date by a large margin: Four days.

The BMC officials on Sunday told HT it would take four moré days to fill the potholes, spread across 1,900 km of civic roads in the city. “We have managed to complete nearly 70% of the work,” an official said, on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

Other road agencies such as the public works department and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority have also missed the deadline; they said they have completed 80% of the work.

Additional municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta said the BMC needs seven dry days in all to complete work. “We have done substantial work in the last three days,” he said.

Even as it takes action against contractors for shoddy work, in a first, the BMC will start fining its own staffers from Monday. Civic engineers who fail to get potholes filled in their ward will be sent show-cause notices and will have to pay penalty.

On Sunday, the seven zonal deputy municipal commissioners inspected major roads in their jurisdiction. They will submit a report on Monday on the status of repairs, with details of fines they recommend be charged on errant contractors.

Contractors will have to attend to the roads that fall in the defect liability period on Monday itself, or they will be fined and may be blacklisted.

Whether the BMC has actually completed 70% of work is open to question: Major stretches such as Link Road in Bandra, Jambhekar Marg in Dadar and Lotus junction at Worli remain pockmarked.