Four days after the pothole filling exercise at Napean Sea Road was started by the civic body, it was still incomplete causing traffic jams and inconvenience to the motorists.
The civic body expects to complete the work on the 300-metre stretch by Wednesday, and has attributed the delay to the intermittent rainfall.
This road, frequented by ministers and other top-level bureaucrats, is being taken up on a priority basis. Most of the ministers use this road to go to Malabar Hill, where their official bungalows are located. It is learnt that a few ministers took up the issue of potholes on the road in the state cabinet meeting, presided by the Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.
The road, which connects Kemps Corner and Priyadarshani Park, has been partially closed from Friday morning and will not open until Tuesday. The civic body is laying paver blocks on the damaged surface of the road and will be spending an estimated Rs 28 lakh in fixing the road.
“The delay was caused by the rains, otherwise the road would have opened to motorists on Monday itself,” said an official from the D-ward. The officer said that the work will be completed by Wednesday.
Aseem Gupta, additional municipal commissioner said the pothole filling exercise is a temporary solution. “The road will be asphalted again after monsoon,” he added.
S.R.Kuwalekar, a resident of Hyderabad estate building, said it was a major inconvenience to go to work everyday. “It used to take me 30 minutes to reach Fort. But because of the road being partially shut for over four days, it takes me about one hour now.”