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Panel clears Rs 9cr for pothole-repair contracts in city

After debating and questioning the civic administration over the state of city roads and shoddy repair work in the past, the civic standing committee, on Friday, approved Rs59.49 crore for pothole-filling contracts.

mumbai Updated: Jun 01, 2013 01:04 IST
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After debating and questioning the civic administration over the state of city roads and shoddy repair work in the past, the civic standing committee, on Friday, approved Rs 59.49 crore for pothole-filling contracts.

Corporators across several political parties criticised the civic administration for the poor state of roads and the irregularities in finalising the contracts for pothole repairs.

Hindustan Times has been regularly reporting on the controversies surrounding the pothole-repair contracts this year, such as the civic body's decision to shortlist a technology to fill potholes that had failed in execution last year.

"At the last moment, the civic body comes up with such a proposal and pressures the committee into accepting as it is already too late," said Dilip Patel, Bharatiya Janata Party group leader.

Stating that concrete steps must be taken for better supervision this year, Rahul Shewale, chairman, standing committee, said there should be someone who should take responsibility for bad roads this monsoon. Road engineers must be given authority to fine contractors.

Manoj Kotak, another BJP corporator and standing committee member from Mulund said, "The BMC have shown no seriousness in improving the condition of roads this monsoon."

However, Aseem Gupta, additional municipal commissioner said, "Road engineers will supervise the work and ensure that all potholes are filled. Pothole-tracking system will ensure that the repair work is effective this year."