The heavy rains that the city witnessed on Monday might have added to the problem of unfilled potholes and uneven roads.
For the duration of the monsoon, the civic body has been grappling with the task of filling the ever-increasing number of potholes within deadline. The upcoming Ganesh festival, barely a fortnight away, is adding to the pressure.
As of Tuesday, 18,084 potholes were reported on the city's roads, out of which at least 2,129 have still not been repaired.
The civic body, however, maintained that Monday’s rainfall has not added to their woes. “Although potholes continue to be reported, Monday’s rain did not cause the condition of roads to worsen in an unprecedented manner,” said GM Aggarwal, chief engineer, roads department, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
The state public works department has started filling potholes on the eastern and western highways in preparation for the festival.
However, anxious organisers from various Ganesh mandals have decided to approach the civic officials for reassurance. After last year’s mishap, when the Ganesh idol belonging to the Tejukaya Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal collapsed near Chinchpokli because of bad roads, organisers are not willing to take any chances this time.
Following Monday’s rainfall, the organisers have decided to write to civic officials, warning them about the alarming number of potholes that have resurfaced on the road.
“After Monday’s heavy rainfall, we have decided to write to them again, hoping that some quick action will be taken. In any case, we will be prepared to combat any potholes that are visible during the immersion procession,” said Ram Khatse, mandal treasurer. Should the civic body fail to mend the potholes, organisers have their own solutions planned. They will be carry metal sheets and gunny bags to place on the potholes as as makeshift covers.
Officials from the public works department, which manages both the express highways, claimed that timely repair was in process.