Even as the civic body claimed that the number of potholes had reduced in the city, state appointed Standing Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) on Wednesday inspected some of the city’s roads.
According to civic road department report, only 90 pothole locations remain in the city and Kandivli has the maximum number of potholes, 16. “The road department had detected 7,724 pothole locations and attended 7,634 till August 17,” said Satish Badwe, chief engineer (roads), BMC.
The committee members along with chairman NV Merani visited four roads, two each in the western suburb and the island city. The roads included Millat Nagar Road, Model Town Road in Andheri and Sakpal lane opposite Kasturba Hospital near Saat Rasta and Kashinath Dhuru Road, Dadar. All these roads are looked after by the civic body and have been built as per the standing committee’s specifications and recommendations. During its inspection visit, the committee also saw a demonstration of filling up of a trench on a road near Kasturba hospital.
The committee will meet on Thursday to review the road-repair work. “The purpose of the visit was to check whether the road department is following our recommendations or not,” said a committee member.
The state had set August 24 deadline for the civic body as well as state agencies to get rid of potholes. Badwe said, “We are confident that all potholes will be filled before time.”