The civic body claims there are considerably fewer potholes on its roads – only 312 pothole locations left, as compared to Monday’s 495 – thanks to the extended dry spell in the city.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) also said there are only two pothole locations on the 1,138 roads that come within the defect liability period (DLP); on August 1, there were 616 pothole locations.
“We have been assisted by this dry spell. Our staff has been able to fill potholes more efficiently and quickly,” said Satish Badwe, chief engineer (roads).
Nikhil Desai, an activist, rubbished the claim that there are only two pothole locations on DLP roads. “It is unbelievable. The DLP roads are the worst affected because of the strong nexus between contractors and officials. Contractors make the ward pay for repairs even for DLP roads,” he said.
Three wards – the D, G-south and H-west wards – have declined additional funds to fill potholes, saying they have few potholes. These include areas such as Grant Road, Khetwadi, Girgaum, Prabhadevi, Worli, Bandra (west), Khar (west) and Juhu.
The BMC has allotted Rs 17.38 crore for filling potholes, in addition to the Rs 40 crore originally allotted for this year.
Interestingly, the latest civic data compiled reveals that the D-ward has the most number of pothole locations in the island city, at 11.
“The report about 11 pothole locations in our ward is not accurate. We have been taking regular rounds and the situation is satisfactory,” said PR Masurkar, D-ward’s assistant municipal commissioner (AMC). The ward was allotted Rs 1.4 crore, of which Rs 40 lakh is unspent. “Even keeping in mind the Ganpati processions that will pass through the ward, this amount is adequate,” he said.
The H-west ward had 16 pothole locations last week, as per the traffic police survey. “We were allotted Rs 2.5 crore of which we have spent around Rs 2 crore. The remaining funds will be adequate for the rest of the monsoon as we don’t have many potholes,” said Manik Kshirsagar, AMC, H-west.