Even as mandals across the city get ready for immersion, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has set a deadline of Saturday morning to fill all potholes. The BMC still had at least 1,540 potholes to fill (as of late Friday evening).
In the last two days, 371 new potholes had been reported, out of which only 186 were filled. Naresh Dahibawkar, president, Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti (BSGSS), said the BMC’s work was unsatisfactory. “We are wary of uneven roads, along with potholes. Hence, we have instructed all mandals to be cautious,” Dahibawkar said.
“We have told all mandals to carry gunny bags and steel plates to ensure the ride is not bumpy. We have also told mandals which transport idols on trolleys to be careful,” Dahibawkar added.
Mandals said that badly-fit paver blocks were also a cause for concern.
The civic body, however, was confident of ensuring a smooth final ride. Ravindra Ghodke, outgoing chief engineer of the roads department said, “We have told our contractors to make sure there is not a single pothole that is not filled.”
The BMC has appealed to citizens to make use of the 22 artificial ponds for immersions. The BMC has made arrangements for waste collection by deploying 24 vehicles, one each in all the 24 administrative wards.
First aid centres, ambulances with doctors and volunteers and control rooms have been set up at prominent immersion spots. 240 life guards and 41 motor boats have been stationed, as also 48 mobile toilet blocks.