After facing flak for months over its inability to give Mumbai motorable roads, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to seek professional help.
The civic body has appointed consultants to design the structure of roads, which the civic body has marked for concretisation and rebuilding. Three consultants have been appointed at a total cost of Rs 2.32 crore to advise the BMC on a durable structure for roads.
The three consultants — one each for the island city, eastern suburbs and western suburbs — will be paid Rs 77.58 lakh apiece.
The BMC has planned to start work on major and minor roads at a cost of Rs 550 crore and around Rs 370 crore, respectively.
The proposal to sanction Rs 550 crore (for major roads) will be tabled before the standing committee next week. The civic body looks after 1,900 km of Mumbai’s roads, of which, 530 km have already been concretised.
Consultants will assess each minor and major road covered and come up with relevant solutions for each road.
“They will assess the condition of road and traffic flow, among other things, and will give us a design detailing everything from the thickness of foundation to finishing coat of the road,” said Satish Badwe, chief engineer of the civic road department. “This will help us build better quality roads,” Badwe added.
The major problem, according to experts, is the lack of supervision during roadwork.
“We are not getting quality work because of lack of supervision,” said Nandkumar Salvi, former BMC chief engineer and a member of high court-appointed Road Monitoring Committee.
Badwe, however, said that this time, the ongoing work would be supervised not by ward level officials but by the department itself. “There will be proper inspection during the roadwork to maintain quality,” he said.
This monsoon, the civic body came under fire from citizens over the shoddy state of the roads. Despite spending Rs 57 crore on filling potholes, roads across the city continue to be pockmarked.
Hindustan Times had reported on July 20 that there were 6,000 potholes at 1,100 spots in the city. On July 23, the paper reported how the BMC had spent over Rs 5,000 crore towards building and maintaining roads over the past five years.