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BMC refuses to learn its lesson

Lambasting the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for its negligent attitude towards the city’s roads, and ignoring the recommendations made by the high court-appointed committee, standing technical advisory committee (STAC) chairman Narayan V Merani feels that strict action should be taken against contractors and officials.

mumbai Updated: Jul 24, 2011 02:01 IST
Kunal Purohit

Lambasting the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for its negligent attitude towards the city’s roads, and ignoring the recommendations made by the high court-appointed committee, standing technical advisory committee (STAC) chairman Narayan V Merani feels that strict action should be taken against contractors and officials.

Potholes appear on city roads every monsoon. What really is the problem?
The problem is that we have set guidelines for road work, but they are seldom followed. There is hardly any supervision. There is a technique to filling potholes and we have been demanding for two years that the BMC send its men to be trained. But there is absolutely no interest. It won’t learn its lesson

Now the BMC won’t use paver blocks and go back to asphalt roads. Will it affect the quality of the road?
Of course, it will. We had told the BMC to distinguish between roads with heavy and light traffic when using paver blocks. The result is there for all to see. Now, roads that were laid with paver blocks will be re-laid with asphalt. This benefits contractors and other vested interests.

The BMC has been blaming the digging of utilities for bad roads. Is this a fair reason?
Contractors who are appointed to make and maintain roads are supposed to reinstate these trenches. So, why should there be such a problem? But bodies like MMRDA and MSRDC act like they are the kings of the roads, whereas the BMC is the poor owner. They start digging without any prior approval and the BMC take the blame.

The BMC is ready to spend Rs900 crore in next 10 months. Do you think it is justified?
They spend such amounts every year, but it’s useless. The BMC should be investigating the cause, but they spend so that they can cover up for the past. There is no effort to find out the cause. All they want to do is to keep fighting the symptoms.