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BMC chief takes to the streets to review Mumbai roads

After the pothole count crossed 1,200 this monsoon, the BMC chief took to the streets on Monday to review the Mumbai roads.

mumbai Updated: Jun 29, 2015 22:28 IST
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After the pothole count crossed 1,200 this monsoon, the BMC chief took to the streets on Monday to review the Mumbai roads.

After being bombarded with complaints, Ajoy Mehta has started assessing road repair works in parts of western suburbs.

During the visit, Mehta asked ward and civic road department officials to keep a strict check on the material used to fill potholes.

Over the past few days, several cases have been reported where filled potholes were washed away owing to the poor quality of material used.

Facing flak for shoddy work, Mehta on Monday visited John Baptist Road in Bandra (West) and Nehru Road in Vakola to check the progress on road repair work.

The Bandra, Khar Road (H-west) ward has reported more than 50 potholes, while the number was 10 for Santacruz, Bandra East (H-east) ward. The BMC is using patch maker and wonder patch technology to fill potholes.

“Taking note of the washout of recently-filled potholes at various places, the municipal commissioner has instructed us to check the material strictly. Also, he asked us to explain how pothole filling is done,” said a civic official who was part of the visit.

“He was satisfied with the work, but suggested monitoring the work regularly and clearing the roads of encroachment,” added the official.

The pothole count on Monday reached 1,277 across the city. Most of these were reported on the voice of citizens’ website. Of the 1,277, 55 potholes have formed on newly-built roads.

Further, 60 potholes are reported on roads under a guarantee period, while 38 are reported on roads where potholes were already filled.

Till Monday evening, the civic body claimed to have filled 851 potholes.

The Brihanmumbai Muncipal Corporation has constructed at least 842 new roads at the cost of Rs2,000 crore over the past one year.

DENT IN THE RAIN-READY CLAIMS
* Potholes reported – 1,277

* Potholes on roads under defect liability period - 60

* Potholes created after repair work was washed away - 38

* Potholes on asphalt roads - 253

* Potholes on paver block roads - 618

* Potholes on newly-constructed roads- 55

To report potholes:
- Download the pothole tracking application from the link - http://www.voiceofcitizen.com/
- Upload photos of potholes or bad road stretches on the application
- The App can be used by Android, Blackberry, Symbian and iPhone users

* You can also reach out to the disaster management cell through their Twitter handle @DisasterMgmtMum

*For information on traffic diversions, train and flight delays and rainfall levels and forecast: Log on to BMC’s website: dm.mcgm.gov.in. The website is updated every 15 minutes