Giving in to public and government pressure, the civic body, which has so far dithered from taking action against road contractors for shoddy work, has finally decided to blacklist four firms.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will issue show-cause notices to these contractors, asking them to explain why their firm should not be blacklisted. This is the first step to blacklisting them.
So far, despite being pulled up by the chief minister, the BMC has taken no stern action but except collect fine of around Rs35 lakh from contractors.
“We have decided to issue notice to three to four contractors for blacklisting. But before blacklisting them we will give them a chance to explain their side of the story to us,” said Aseem Gupta, additional municipal commissioner (roads).
The BMC, however, refused to reveal the names of the contractors. “If we reveal names, it can affect their business. So we will declare their names only after they are blacklisted,” Gupta said.
Under pressure to take action against errant contractors, it’s only last week that the BMC began the exercise of fining contractors for the bad roads they have built.
Gupta had instructed the zonal deputy municipal commissioners to inspect roads and fine contractors for poor work of roads that are still in the defect liability period, during which a contractor is liable to conduct repairs for free in case anything goes wrong.
Of the Rs 35 lakh collected, the highest amount - Rs11 lakh - was collected from zone 4 (Andheri west, Goregaon and Malad). The second highest amount of Rs 7.45 lakh came from zone 5 (Kurla, Chembur, Mankhurd and Trombay).
Six dry days later, the BMC has to yet to address 312 pothole locations, reveals its latest data. It looks after 1,900 km of city roads. HT’s July 20 report published civic data that stated that there were 6,000 potholes at 1,100 spots in the city.