In what could be a grim indication of how your roads would be in the next few months, 6,042 potholes have come up on city roads in the first month of monsoon.
This means that 180 potholes, on an average, have been reported every day by citizens and civic engineers since June 1.
In the past 24 hours, 382 pothole complaints were registered on the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) pothole tracking website, while 328 pothole complaints were closed in the same time.
Out of the 6,042 potholes, 4,433 are reported on major arterial roads in the city with most (272) cropping up on roads in F-south ward (Parel and Sewree); G-north (Dadar and Mahim) comes next with 267 potholes.
Additional municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta said, “The number of potholes reported on major roads is higher because these roads count for a larger surface area. But, repair work is also being carried out faster.”
Around 57% of potholes on minor roads are yet to be repaired, while 33% on major roads have been left unattended.
Though a 48-hour deadline had been set for contractors to fix potholes after they are assigned, civic officials said technical issues in plotting minor roads on Google Maps and thereby on the software were becoming a major problem.
Wards D (Khetwadi, Tardeo, Walkeshwar and Mahalaxmi) and K-east (Andheri-East, Vile Parle-East and JogeshwariEast) have seen the most number of potholes on minor roads.
Nikhil Desai, a Matungabased civic activist, complained of two minor roads in Parsi Colony — Vima Dalal Road and Dinshaw Master Road - which were in a desperate need of repairs.
Activists slammed the civic body for the shoddy work, especially on minor roads.
“The BMC does not pay attention to ground level problems that officials have been facing due to hitches in the working of the pothole tracking software,” said Desai.