Three of the 21 road contractors short-listed on Wednesday for a Rs 300-crore project involving the repair of minor roads, have been fined in the past for shoddy work.
In August 2011, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had fined Relcon Infra Pvt Ltd, Mahavir Roads, RK Madhani and Company for not repairing potholes during the monsoon. The BMC had levied a fine of more than Rs 35 lakh on 26 road contractors, including the three.
In spite of this, their names have been short-listed to in the project to resurface and rebuild minor roads (less than 30 feet wide). The tenders had been invited in August for 550 minor roads across the city. Around 26 contractors had participated in the tender process.
"The civic body estimated spending Rs 374 crore for the project, while contractors bid an average of 29% below the estimated cost, which comes to around Rs 300 crore," said an official from the civic road department, on condition of anonymity.
The proposal will be tabled before the standing committee in the next week for approval. "Though they have been fined by the civic body, a third party audit will not allow them to do shoddy work," said Rahul Shewale, chairman of the civic standing committee.
Satish Badwe, chief engineer of the civic road department was not available for comment.
The city has a road network stretching to 1,940km, of which over 50% are considered to be minor roads.
Most of these internal roads are maintained and repaired by local ward offices and are in a bad shape. These wards have been sanctioned over Rs 25 crore each for improving the roads. The highest amount of Rs 35.44 crore has been allotted to the Kurla ward.
The civic body looks after 1,900 km of Mumbai's roads of which 530 km have already been concretised.