The civic body has started imposing hefty fines of up to Rs 1 lakh a day on contractors who have not yet started repairs and resurfacing of major roads in the city.
Work worth Rs 570 crore on 161 major roads was awarded in September. It was scheduled to start in the first week of October. However, of the 161 roads, work has started only on around 70.
The civic body had issued letters to all contractors last month asking them to start work on November 12 failing which they would be levied fines. The fine was set at Rs 10,000 for the first 3 days of delay and Rs 1 lakh for the next three days.
The civic roads department has already collected Rs 2.54 lakh as fine from contractors who have been awarded roadwork in the eastern suburbs.
“We are yet to receive information about two zones — the island city and western suburbs,” said Satish Badve, chief engineer, BMC’s road department.
He also clarified that the period from September 29 to November 12 was for mobilising and for other inter-departmental permissions.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is racing against time to complete work on 161 roads by May 31; hence it wants all contractors to meet their deadlines.
Initially, the department was scheduled to start work in the first week of October. However, the work was held up first due to administrative delays and then due to non-receipt of no objection certificate (NOC) from the traffic police. The traffic police issued NOCs on November 4.
In the island city, work has started only on 11 roads, while in the eastern suburbs it has started on 37 roads.
“The first phase of the work will have to be completed by February 31 and the last leg must be completed by May 31,” said Badve.