India Against Corruption (IAC), the organisation that rallied support for social activist Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption campaign, has now trained its guns on the civic body to detect the corrupt practices that are responsible for the pathetic condition of city roads.
Hindustan Times has been reporting about the poor state of the city’s roads since July 20.
According to IAC’s plan, volunteers have identified around 30 worst-affected roads in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s jurisdiction with the help of volunteers situated in those particular areas. IAC said it has 13 lakh volunteers in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane. Around 12 teams are deployed in each of these zones.
“We will file Right To Information applications in the concerned wards and under the vigilance department to find out details such as the name of the road contractor, size of the road, budget sanctioned, quality of material used and warranty period of roads,” said Mayank Gandhi, IAC’s Mumbai coordinator.
Samples of bad roads will be tested in two government-authorised laboratories. “The results will be compared with the specifications in the contract,” said Gandhi. If the reports are negative, concerned ward officers, corporators and other civic officials will be made to own up for the condition of the roads in a public meeting that will be held on the same road.