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Corporators upset after BMC says no to further road repairs

mumbai Updated: Dec 28, 2011 01:53 IST
Sujit Mahamulkar
Sujit Mahamulkar
Hindustan Times
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As the civic polls approach, many corporators are upset because the civic body has decided not to take up any more roads for improvement in this financial year.

"If we have to take up all roads that have been suggested by corporators, we would need at least Rs2,000 crore. So we will consider those roads in the next financial year," said Aseem Gupta, additional municipal commissioner.

The corporators, however, want to showcase their work to the voters in the run-up to the polls.

Currently, the civic body has awarded contracts worth Rs570 crore to improve 161 major roads, and worth Rs363 crore for 544 minor roads (those less than 30 feet wide). The roads department has fixed a time frame of five months up to May 31 to complete this work.

Sunil More, Congress corporator from Dadar (East), is upset with the BMC's view. "Govindji Keni Road, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Road and Dadasaheb Phalke Road are in bad shape and need to be improved immediately. I have been making these demands for a year, but the administration is not keen to take up these roads," he said.

Work to improve these roads has been postponed till the next financial year.

Similarly, Rajul Patel, Shiv Sena corporator and chairperson of the civic health committee, who represent Oshiwara area said, "I have recommended seven roads from Adarsh Nagar but they have not been taken up."

Road contracts worth Rs1,966.65 crore that were allotted in 2007-08 and 2008-09 have seen cost escalations worth Rs781.27 crore.

The civic data shows that the largest annual spend on footpaths - Rs43.5 crore - was in 2007-08. Civic officials attribute this spend to the two elections held in the state that year, the Lok Sabha and assembly polls.

"Elected representatives across political parties want to show some visible work in such times, so roads and footpaths were a top priority on their list," said a senior civic official, who did not wish to be named.