A day after a 55-year-old biker died after his bike hit a pothole following which he was run over by a speeding tanker at Wadala, Ganpati mandals across Mumbai decided to ask chief minister Prithviraj Chavan to ensure that the city’s potholes are filled within the next ten days.
Mandal heads are meeting Chavan on Wednesday and will request him to grant an urgent deadline for the filling of potholes, as they are worried about how the idols will be transported from their workshops to their mandals. They are also worried that the pothole-ridden roads will pose a problem on the day of Ganpati visarjan.
Naresh Dahibawkar, president of the Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti said, “The roads have developed a lot of potholes after heavy showers in the past 2-3 days. We will request the CM to give all the agencies in charge of roads a deadline of ten days to bring the roads back in shape.”
Dahibawkar said that mandals wanted a permanent solution to the problem. “We want an end to piecemeal solutions dished out by road authorities and want a permanent solution,” he said.
Tukaram Raut, president of the 4th Kumbharwada Sarvajanik Ganpati mandal, said,“Many patches in areas such as Girgaum, Khetwadi still have craters. These have to be filled up immediately.”
KN Kshirsagar, deputy municipal commissioner, who is in charge of Ganpati festivities, refused to set any new deadline for filling up of new potholes. “Deadlines are not important because attending to these potholes, especially on all Ganpati routes, is priority for us. We are expecting a dry spell in the next 2-3 days, during which we will attend to potholes at all these locations.”