After a major goof up over the number of potholes counted last week, the civic body has now decided not to reveal the number henceforth before the media.
Last week, Aseem Gupta, additional municipal commissioner had said that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has identified 9,613 potholes, of which they claim to have attended to 9,038 and 593 are yet to be attended to.
However, the officials from the Roads department were shocked when the numbers announced.
According to data available with the department on the same date, the city had some 5,500 potholes, of which about 5,000 have been attended. “There must be some confusion in the calculation of the potholes,” said an official from the Roads department requesting anonymity.
On Friday, Gupta said, “The media should not report the number of potholes as we are not going to count them henceforth.”
“Repairing bad patches, which are bad roads measuring 16-17 sq metres, is our top priority. We also plan to repair the roads used during Ganesh idol processions. We plan to finish this work before September,” Gupta said.
Meanwhile, the municipal commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya visited the spots from where maximum complaints regarding potholes have been received by the civic body on Thursday. These spots are Nepean Sea Road, August Kranti Road and Nana Chowk junction in south Mumbai.
Kshatriya said, “I found out that filling the potholes is getting interrupted by heavy spells of rainfall.”
Experts said that traffic should not be allowed to ply on the roads for at least for eight hours after the potholes are filled. “However, this is not possible because the city never sleeps at night, so the repair work gets affected,” said Kshatriya.
The city has a road network of 1,950 km of which only 506 km is built with cement concrete.