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BMC to start work on 201 roads despite 356 unfinished projects

The civic body’s announcement of 201 new road works comes at a time when more than half the road projects announced in 2011 remain unfinished.

mumbai Updated: Dec 03, 2012 01:06 IST

The civic body’s announcement of 201 new road works comes at a time when more than half the road projects announced in 2011 remain unfinished.

Last year, the BMC awarded contracts for relaying 703 roads, Of these, only 347 are ready.

Despite this, the BMC is all set to start work on 201 roads in the western suburbs and the island city.

These roads fall under two categories - major roads (those that are more than 30 feet wide) and minor roads.

Contractors have been particularly slow with road works in the eastern suburbs. Of the 228 minor roads that were to be re-laid, work on only 74 is finished.

Of the 528 minor roads that contractors were awarded last year, only 200 have been re-laid, while work on 328 roads is either yet to begin or in various stages of completion. The BMC has till January 31, 2013, to complete work on these roads.

A contractor whose firm has finished just 26% of the work allotted in the minor roads contract, said the civic body was to be blamed.

“We are always refused permissions by the traffic police to carry out work on multiple roads. Hence, we have to take it slow so that the authorities can manage traffic efficiently. The BMC should have thought of this before they floated the tenders. This is the biggest problem we are facing today.”

Senior civic officials, however, are confident that work on these roads will be completed on time. A deputy chief engineer in the roads department, not wishing to be named, said, “Major roads did get a bit delayed because of various reasons at different locations. However, work on minor roads will be completed in time.”

Another senior civic official from the roads department rubbished the contractor’s reasons for the delay.

“Minor roads generally don’t need traffic permissions as they are too small even for a BEST bus to ply. Hence, contractors cannot blame the traffic police for the delay,” he said.

The deadline for relaying major roads (October this year) has lapsed, but work on 30 of the 175 such roads is unfinished.