Brace for water-logging problems this monsoon

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 22, 2016 00:27 IST

The city may witness a troubled monsoon this year too as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is scheduled to begin repairs on 115 roads in the western suburbs that is likely to continue for a year.

What might make the situation worse is the contractors for pre-monsoon desilting work of major storm water drains in the suburbs are yet to be named. The proposals for these works will be put forth at the standing committee meeting on Tuesday.

Around 107 minor roads from Andheri to Dahisar will be reconstructed into asphalt roads and about Rs168 crore will be spent on this, around eight other roads will be reconstructed using the ultra thin white toppings (UTWT) technology that will cost around Rs25 crore. This is a recently-implemented technology and, after its success in the island city, will be used in the western suburbs. It is cheaper than laying concrete and asphalt roads, said civic officials.

The civic body has been finding it difficult to attract bidders for cleaning storm water drains. The pre-monsoon work that was to start in March has already been delayed as the contractors are yet to be appointed.

A proposal of appointing four contractors for in the eastern suburbs and 12 for cleaning major storm water drains in the western suburbs will be tabled in front of standing committee .

Devendra Amberkar, a standing committee member and a Congress corporator, said, “This is one of the major issues with the administration. They always get proposals at the last moment. This will ultimately lead to water-logging issues and citizens will have a harrowing time.”

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