After making allocations worth around Rs 900 crore for the construction of new roads in the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is all set to sanction around Rs 80 crore to completely redo eight roads in the western suburbs.
Tenders have been floated for these eight roads, four of which will be laid with cement-concrete, while the other four will be asphalted.
These eight roads will be in addition to the 700-odd roads that the civic body has taken up for reconstruction, in two phases.
In the first phase, around 160 major roads in the city were taken up at a cost of around Rs 490 crore.
In the second phase, the approval for which is pending, 540 minor roads will be taken up.
Civic officials said these additional works were taken up after the BMC managed to save nearly Rs 100 crore, when contractors bid at least 15 to 25 per cent lower than the BMC’s estimates.
The civic body has already opened bids for three of these works, costing a total of around Rs 41 crore. The rest of the bids will be opened on Friday.
Confirming this, chief engineer, roads department, Satish Badve said, “We have taken up these works in the western suburbs for now. These were roads that were in dire need of repairs and reconstruction and hence, we took it up.”
The work on these roads, however, will not start any time soon.
With five bids yet to be opened, the scrutiny of these bids will take time.
“We were trying to rush, but we are unlikely to finish the finalising of contracts before the code of conduct for the municipal elections kicks in. Hence, the approval from the standing committee, which is a must, will not happen before the elections,” said another roads official, who did not wish to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the media.