After proposing to concretise and rebuild major roads in the city at a cost of Rs 550 crore, the civic body has now unveiled a Rs 374 crore plan to improve minor roads (up to 30 feet wide). The tender for the minor roadwork has been floated and the work is expected to start by November end.
Broadly, Mumbai's road network stretches to 1,940km, of which more than half are minor roads. Most of these are maintained and repaired by local ward offices, and are in bad shape.
"Lack of co-ordination between ward offices and the road department results in the roads not being maintained properly," said an official from the roads department, who did not wish to be named, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Many internal roads, particularly in wards like Girgaum, Nana Chowk, Kurla, Ghatkopar and Borivli were in a pathetic condition during the monsoon. These wards have been sanctioned more than Rs25 crore each. The highest amount, Rs 35.44 crore, has been allotted to Kurla ward.
Satish Badwe, chief engineer of the civic roads department, said, "We have floated tenders and will start work soon. The tender process may take at least a month. This will be followed by the tender committee inspections, and then, after the commissioner's approval, the project will go to the standing committee for discussion. We will issue work orders once the tender gets cleared in the committee. The work should begin by November end."
The civic body has decided that minor roadwork will be supervised by the road department officials, instead of ward officials. "If needed, we will recruit more people for supervision," said Badwe.
On Wednesday, the BMC appointed three consultants, one for each zone -- island city, eastern suburbs and western suburbs -- at a cost of Rs77.58 lakh each, to provide designs for major and minor roadwork.
The BMC's Rs550 crore proposal to repair and concretise major roads is expected to be tabled before the standing committee next week.
Hindustan Times had reported on July 20 that there were 6,000 potholes at 1,100 spots in the city. On July 23, we reported how the BMC had spent more than Rs 5,000 crore in the last five years to build and maintain roads.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation looks after 1,900km of Mumbai's roads, of which 530km has already concretised.