From this monsoon, civic contractors will have to fix potholes within 48 hours from getting the work order, or pay a penalty. What’s more, they will have to commit that the repairs will last three years.
The Brihanmumbai Munici-pal Corporation (BMC) has hired 12 contractors to fill potholes during the monsoon season this year. The contracts will commence on June 1. Additional municipal commissioner Rajiv Jalota told HT on Tuesday that the administration has issued work orders to seven contractors so far; the others will get them in a couple of days.
“We have informed the assistant municipal commissioners, and contractors will soon set up a work station for themselves in each ward. Once assigned to the contractor, any complaint of a pothole on the asphalt road will have to be attended to within 48 hours,” he said. “Besides, the contractor has to ensure that the same latitude and longitude should not develop any pothole in three years.”
Last year, after fighting a losing battle with potholes, and following a stern warning from the chief minister, the civic administration decided to try out cold-mix technology (instead of hot-mix technology) to fill potholes.
This year, citizens can also report a pothole via BMC’s newly introduced ‘Pothole Tracking System’, by clicking a photo of it. The BMC has allotted around Rs 56 crore for 2012-13 to fill potholes. Last year, it spent around Rs 65 crore.