In a bid to tighten its grip over errant contractors, the civic body has decided to double the fine imposed on them if they fail to fill potholes in the stipulated time limit of 48 hours. The civic body has also annou-nced that five complaints agai-nst a contractor will lead to termination of his contract with immediate effect.
Presently, the contractors are fined Rs. 1,000 per day per pothole for unfilled potholes. “We have doubled the fine. Also, if we receive five such complaints, against the same contractor and for the same road, we will terminate the contract. Till now we have collected Rs. 57 lakh in fines from the contractors,” said Rahul Shewale, chairman, standing committee.
The civic body has 1,243 roads under the Defect Liability Period, of which 335 are in the city, 338 in the eastern suburbs and 570 in the western suburbs. The civic body adopted the online pothole tracking system from November 2011.
The administration plans to allocate Rs. 5,000 crore over the next five years to completely concretise Mumbai’s roads.