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Corporators blame BMC, contractors for bad roads

mumbai Updated: Feb 10, 2010 00:58 IST

The elected representatives in the civic general body, during Tuesday’s meeting, blamed the administration and contractors for the bad quality of roads.

Responding to a point raised by Congress corporator Rajendra Chaube, other corporators said contractors don’t restore the roads adequately after digging them, resulting in trenches and uneven patches.

BJP corporator Yogesh Sagar said the quality of the paver blocks is also inferior.

“There are many roads and footpaths where the paver blocks have caved in,” he said.

Sagar demanded that an independent third-party audit be conducted to find if contractors use the same quality of paver blocks prescribed in the contract by the civic body.

Additional Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar said the chief engineer of the road department will be asked to inspect the roads and take cognisance of the corporators’ complaints.

NCP corporator Niyaz Vanu said the additional municipal commissioner in-charge of the roads department didn’t follow procedure while awarding a contract for filling trenches and potholes.

“A contract worth Rs 40-50 crore was given to the company without even inviting tenders and no formal permission was given to them,” he added.

Opposition party members were angry as Mayor Shraddha Jadhav was late by an hour and the officer concerned was not present in the House, and had to be called.

Corporators said most footpaths in the city are in a neglected state. They also said the corporation should ensure that state agencies, such as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, which dig roads for projects should not disturb the underground utilities and restore the roads to their original state.