With the monsoon just around the corner, the civic body’s efforts to combat potholes are back and so are instances of mismanagement and wastage of public money.
Here is one: While three publicly-owned machines with Rs 70 crore already spent on them gather dust, the BMC is all set to spend more on appointing a private contractor to use another set of similar machines to fill the city’s potholes during the monsoon.
The civic body is in the process of appointing contractors to fill potholes across the city during the monsoon. As part of the pre-monsoon measures, it has short-listed a company that will fill potholes using the new set of machines in four of the 14 sub-zones in the city, which includes areas such as Andheri, Ghatkopar and Kurla.
While the total cost of the contracts has not been finalised yet, the BMC is slated to spend at least Rs 8 crore on the new machines, considering its plan to spend Rs2 crore on each zone.
The civic body had, in 2008, bought three such machines at the cost of around Rs 3 crore and then paid a private contractor close to Rs 68 crore to fill potholes using them.