Starting next week, a team of civic engineers will conduct an audit of the pothole-filling work being carried out on city roads. This comes after 1,738 potholes were reassigned or reopened for filling.
Last week’s heavy showers washed away the Brihanmum-bai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) claims that the cold-mix technology used to fill potholes was effective. According to data available with HT, the civic body has reassigned around 1,093 potholes to contractors. In other words, the filling work carried out by them was not satisfactory.
Around 645 have been reopened, which means the potholes resurfaced after the rain.
In July, HT had conducted an audit and found that most of the potholes were being filled in a shoddy manner. Following this, additional municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta had said the civic body would undertake an audit of all filling work carried out by contractors this year.
“The audit is mainly to evaluate the work done by contractors and to check whether the cold-mix technology is effective,” said GS Aggarwal, acting chief engineer, roads.
According to senior civic officials, the team will randomly select and visit 10% of the filled potholes in each ward.