Stung by the criticism over the corruption in road constructions and repairs, the civic body has not only introduced stricter norms in the tender process but has also advanced the process of tendering for road repairs.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has floated tenders for the appointment of contractors to carry out minor repairs and maintenance work before the monsoon.
It has also earmarked the budget of Rs21 crore to repair the roads in Bandra, Andheri and Borivli, with the deadline set for May 31.
A senior civic official from the roads department said, “Every year, pre-monsoon work gets delayed and we have to face a lot of criticism. Delay in work affects the quality of road repair work. This year, we have decided to start work early.”
Pre-monsoon work is undertaken on roads that are not under the defect liability period (DLP) or warranty period of newly repaired road, to minimise the menace of potholes during the rains.
The contractors will be appointed for the next one year. In the last two years, the civic body has spent more than Rs5,000 crore on road repair and reconstruction though the roads are still in bad shape. Also, after the pre-monsoon road repair work, the administration appoints contractors for pothole filling work during the monsoon.
The road department is also in controversy for alleged malpractices and corruption in road debris transportation. Making a note of it, BMC chief Ajoy Mehta has initiated an inquiry into the matter and also changed the norms of road reconstruction works.
After the changes in the norms, the civic body has floated tenders of Rs1,300 crore for repair and reconstruction of roads across the city and hopes for good quality of work because of the changed and strict norms of road contracts.