With less than a month for the monsoon to begin, planning agencies say there would be no potholes on major roads in the city as they had already started the necessary repair works.
However, with similar claims last year falling flat with more than a few pothole-ridden roads, transport expert expressed concern over the ongoing repair work. “Every year, the authorities claim there would be no potholes during monsoon. However, a few showers are all it takes for potholes to appear in dozens,” said transport expert Ashok Datar.
The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Ltd (MSRDC) says there’s hardly any monsoon-related work left to be done. “We do not have any major road in our possession but some flyovers, which are already in good condition. So we are left with very little pre-monsoon work,” said SM Ramchandani, joint project director of MSRDC.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has similar claims. “We have handed over major roads to the civic authority so we are left with just three roads in the city — RC marg, JP road and Andheri-Ghatkopar Road. The pre-monsoon repairing work will start in next few days,” said Dilip Kawathkar, joint project director (PR), MMRDA.
The public works department, too, has claimed to have started repairing roads under its jurisdiction. PWD secretary Shyamalkumar Mukherjee said: “We have started concretising the stretches on the eastern and western express highways.”