‘Invite bids from foreign firms to build roads’
Island city’s guardian minister Jayant Patil, who had set August 24 deadline for the state agencies to fill up potholes in the city, inspected the roads at different locations on Wednesday and expressed satisfaction at the progress made in the last seven days. HT reports.mumbai Updated: Aug 25, 2011 01:02 IST
Island city’s guardian minister Jayant Patil, who had set August 24 deadline for the state agencies to fill up potholes in the city, inspected the roads at different locations on Wednesday and expressed satisfaction at the progress made in the last seven days.
Patil had on August 16 instructed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, the public works department and the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation to repair all roads by August 24.
In his hour-long-visit, Patil inspected most of the roads made of cement concrete at Girgaum, Opera House, Mumbai Central, Byculla, Nagpada, Pydhonie (Don Taki), Girgaum Chowpatty. Patil said the civic body should invite bids from foreign firms to construct good quality of roads.
“I am satisfied with the pothole-filling work. There is problem of undulation of paver blocks at a few spots. The civic body needs to make them leveled,” said Patil.
He indirectly blamed the contractors’ lobby working for tardy pace of repair work. “BMC should invite bids from foreign firms and give them 2-3 roads to construct on experiment basis,” he said. Patil also suggested that the civic body should go for long-term solutions.
“The remaining work of filling potholes will be completed soon so that Ganesh mandals do not face any problem during Ganeshotsav,” said Satish Badwe, BMC chief engineer (roads).
Patil was accompanied by minister of state for housing Sachin Ahir, joint commissioner of police (traffic) Vivek Phansalkar, and officials of the Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti.