With the three costly jet-patcher machines lying idle, the BMC has begun a new method to repair potholes.
It had spent Rs 78 lakh on one machine. Now, it is using paver blocks to fill the potholes, which have dotted the city's roads after rains for three days. "Jet patchers have their own limitations so we cannot use them extensively to fill potholes," said Additional Municipal Commissioner Aseem Gupta.
The BMC is using pieces of paver blocks to fill potholes as it is quick and can be done while it is raining, he added. It opted for this method as it has to fill potholes of all the arterial roads before the Ganpati festival, which begins on September 11.
Last week, CM Ashok Chavan directed the BMC to ensure that the roads are pothole-free before the 10-day festival begins. "The work of filling potholes was stalled due to heavy rainfall," said an official. "Today, we could fill the potholes in some areas as there was no rain," said Gupta.