Five years after their purchase and almost a year after floating tenders for their operation, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) now plans to use the three machines, which have been lying unused since 2009, to fill the potholes in the city.
While the decision to use the machines have come almost a month after the onset of monsoon, there is no clarity over whether the machines are in working condition or not.
The civic body had imported the machines, for the island city, western and eastern suburbs for Rs78 lakh each in 2008. Speco Infrastructure was to operate and maintain the machines for two years at an escalated cost of Rs68 crore.
The civic body plans to spend Rs3 crore on filling potholes using these machines this monsoon. The proposal to appoint a contractor will be placed before the standing committee for approval on Wednesday.
“Once the committee approves it, the work will begin,” said SVR Srinivas, additional municipal commissioner, BMC.
Nitin Shah, owner of Speco Infrastructure said, “Even if we get the work order, the machines would be used for filling potholes only if they are in working condition.”
The machines were maintained by the company till March 2012. “We don’t know why the work order was not issued for so many years. The civic officials never communicated with us regarding the machines,” said Shah.
The vehicles have been lying in one of the BMC’s roads department workshop.