The municipal corporation claims to have spent more than Rs 68 crore in the last 12 months to maintain the three machines bought specially to fix potholes. A proposal demanding Rs 100 crore, which has been spent on filling potholes, will be tabled for a post-sanction in the civic standing committee meeting on Wednesday.
“Even if didn’t rain much last year, due to the ongoing works by various agencies the roads were in a bad condition and the money was spent to repair them,” said A.V. Ralkar, chief engineer, Roads department.
Last year, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had bought three jet patcher machines, each costing Rs 78 lakh, to fill up potholes quickly.
The BMC stopped using the machines after strong opposition from contractors and handed over the machines to Speco Infrastructure for maintenance. Initially, the BMC had proposed to spend Rs 4 crore on maintaining the machines and Rs 33 crore for repairing potholes. But over a year, the civic administration escalated the cost of the pothole repairs to Rs 100 crore.
The BMC has paid Rs 68 crore to Speco Infrastructure to maintain the three machines and now it wants the civic standing committee to sanction the proposal.
On Wednesday, the BMC will table another proposal before the standing committee seeking to appoint 23 contractors to repair potholes for a Rs 40 crore contract during monsoon.