It's going to be a bumpy ride for Ganpati on immersion day in Mumbai

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Sep 06, 2014 22:27 IST

A bumpy ride for Bappa on Monday is almost certain, with city mandals alleging that potholes remain on several immersion routes.

Despite assurances by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to the civic body before the festival that it would fast-track pothole repair work, especially on immersion routes, a few days of heavy rain have caused roads to become pockmarked again.

According to information available on the pothole tracker, the BMC is yet to repair 1,134 potholes on the city roads.

Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti, an umbrella body of Ganesh mandals, alleged that the BMC’s repair work had been shoddy.

“I visited the immersion routes on Friday and found that most of them were in a bad shape. Civic body is trying to fill in potholes quickly but there is no inspection on the quality of the work. This has led to potholes on the same roads which were repaired before the festival. ”

Many mandals said that there were several potholes on roads in their vicinity. For instance, mandals have reported potholed roads in Vile Parle (East) and Vidyavihar.

Reacting to the allegations, an official from the civic roads department said, “In many cases, mandals have dug up the road [to set up pandals], worsening its condition.”

The civic body, however, has failed to recover Rs2 crore in fines from various Ganesh mandals in the city for digging up roads. The BMC is contemplating ways increase the security deposit paid by mandals before constructing pandals.

According to data available on the civic body’s pothole tracking system, 13,480 potholes have been reported in the city since June 1. Of these, the BMC claims to have repaired 12,346 potholes.

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