Admitting that it has ignored the state-appointed Standing Technical Advisory committee’s (STAC) advice for two years, the civic body said it would send its road engineers to a pothole-filling training course very soon.
The STAC had been appointed to advise the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on issues related to roads in Mumbai.
“We are aware that the STAC had demanded such a training. We will make sure that this training happens soon enough,” said BMC chief Subodh Kumar.
On July 25, Hindustan Times had reported on how the BMC had been ignoring the STAC’s demand for two years that it send its engineers for pothole filling courses. The committee had also suggested that the BMC send its road engineers for refresher courses so they are in the know about the most updated and effective practices in road maintenance.
“We were supposed to have this training in May itself, but it couldn’t because of various reasons. Now, I have instructed my officials to fix the time and date as soon as possible,” Aseem Gupta, additional municipal commissioner (roads), said.
The BMC now also plans to send officials to meet STAC chairman NV Merani for advice. “We have called the STAC chairman to visit and advise us on issues related to roads. We will ensure his recommendations are considered carefully,” Gupta said.
In his interview to Hindustan Times, Merani had lambasted the BMC for ignoring the committee’s advice.
Merani confirmed that the civic officials had called him. “I am glad they have taken note of it. I will be meeting them in a day or two,” he said.
Standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale had, while addressing the corporation, said: “The STAC committee chairman has publicly said the STAC recommendations have not been implemented. The BMC should urgently take Merani into confidence and take his inputs.”