Although the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has slapped fine on several road contractors for a bad job, not one of them has been blacklisted for the same in the past five years.
A blacklisted contractor is not allowed to take up any civic work. This year, the BMC spent over Rs40 crore on filling potholes and collected over Rs35 lakh fine from 26 contractors. Last year, the civic body spent Rs60 crore on clearing potholes and collected a fine of over Rs15 lakh.
In 2008, the civic body collected Rs10 lakh fine from contractors for shoddy pothole-filling work, while in 2009, no fine was collected.
Additional municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta said they have decided to issue show cause notices to 4 contractors asking why they should not be blacklisted. The BMC will hear them and take the final decision.
“The blacklisted company can lose business all over the country or it can affect the company’s ongoing projects,” said a senior civic officer.
However, contractors say blacklisting is not a solution.
“No doubt it is a serious action but the owner can float another company and get a contract. So it may not make much difference,” said a contractor, requesting anonymity.
“Regular monitoring of construction and doing away with corruption by politicians and bureaucrats will work,” he added.
HT had reported on July 20 that there were 6,000 potholes at 1,100 spots in the city.
On July 23, the paper reported how the BMC spent more than Rs5,000 crore, building and maintaining roads over the past five years. The civic body looks after 1,900km of Mumbai’s roads.
The BMC has asked its departments to give clear instructions to their contractors to resurface the roads properly after doing any utility related work.