After opting out of the race to win the bid to fill potholes on the Mumbai’s roads, there is now a question mark on the Rs. 17 crore roadworks contract allotted to Carboncor, a modern technology that the civic body is experimenting with this time. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has now served the technology a seven-day ultimatum to start work on the 17 roads it has been allotted or face the axe.
This ultimatum came after the technology’s local distributors failed to submit their deposits more than four months after the Standing Technical Advisory Committee (Stac) approved the contract in December last year. In fact, sources said that the BMC was all set to issue an order to cancel Carboncor’s contract when the distributors submitted the deposits on Monday.
Now, instead of laying 17 roads anew, Carboncor has said that it will be able to lay only 3 roads in the city.
HT had earlier reported how experts, including the Stac were unhappy about the civic body’s plan to let Carboncor lay new roads in the city, considering its lack of experience in the area.
Additional municipal commissioner, Aseem Gupta said, “We had been waiting for Carboncor but since there has been tremendous delay from the distributor’s side to begin work, we have given them a deadline of 7 days. After 7 days, we will inspect the roads it has been allotted and if we find that they haven’t begun work then we will scrap their contract.”
Carboncor’s local distributor Deepak Shah confirmed the development and said, “Submission of our deposits got caught up in some technicalities and hence, got delayed. However, now that we’ve submitted the deposits, we are confident of starting work at least three of the 17 roads we’ve been allotted. We will be able to finish these three roads before the monsoons.’