To ease pressure on the city’s already clogged traffic, and to avoid water logging this monsoon, the BMC has asked the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority to stop digging and piling work in the run up to the monsoon.
The downside is that this is likely to delay work on the skywalk and Metro rail projects.
The BMC has set May 31 as the deadline for digging and piling for the skywalk and Metro-Monorail construction. No digging of roads will be allowed during the rains, the BMC has said in its letter sent to the MMRDA as part of its pre-monsoon preparation.
“We’ve instructed them not to perform digging and piling on roads until September-end. If any digging work is found on roads or pavements, officials from the relevant ward will take action against them,” said A V Ralkar, chief engineer, Roads and Traffic.
The BMC has set aside Rs 40 crore for the repair of potholes and roads as pre-monsoon preparations, as well as road repair work during the monsoon.
“Of the Rs 40 crore, Rs 10 crore will be spent until May 31, the rest will be used for monsoon repair projects such as the usual pre-Ganeshostav work,” Ralkar added.
“This will definitely delay ongoing work but will not affect us much since we’ve almost completed our digging and piling work,” said an MMRDA official on condition of anonymity.
Last year, the BMC got several complaints from locals, who complained of difficulties due to road digging and piling work.
In a bid to improve the city’s transport infrastructure, MMRDA has launched work on a number of development projects across the city.
This year too, MMRDA has sought permission from the BMC to dig roads at locations such as the Eastern Express Highway, Santacruz, Chembur and Kurla.