Govt agencies’ meet to discuss potholes turns into blame game
No concrete decision was taken when the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation, public works department, Bombay Port Trust and other agencies came together on Wednesday in the civic standing committee.mumbai Updated: Aug 08, 2013 08:44 IST
At a time when there is urgent need for better co-ordination between all agencies to solve the problem of potholes, no concrete decision was taken when the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), public works department (PWD), Bombay Port Trust and other agencies came together on Wednesday in the civic standing committee.
Committee chairman Rahul Shewale had written to the commissioner asking representatives from all agencies to be present to discuss the issue, but the meeting turned out to be a blame game.
While the MMRDA claimed that 250 potholes developed on their roads were filled, the MSRDC, which is in charge of 32 flyovers in the city, said that of the 550 potholes, only 33 were pending.
Furthermore, the PWD, in charge of highways, said the Western Express Highway was currently free of potholes.
“The meeting was only a formality,” said Rais Shaikh, a Samajwadi Party corporator.
Dilip Patel, a Bharatiya Janata Party, corporator called the meeting 'a drama'.
Meanwhile, the administration has given all agencies a deadline of August 25 to fill potholes.
“If they fail, the BMC will carry out the work and send them the bills,” said SVR Srinivas, additional municipal commissioner.
Srinivas said a meeting will be held with the Standing Technical Advisory Committee next week.