How many times has the civic body blamed the monsoon for the condition of the roads in the city? But, this is no longer an excuse the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) can use.
Despite poor rainfall this year, the pothole count in the city has crossed the 15,000 mark. This means bad quality of construction is the only reason for the pothole menace.
Till now, the online pothole tracking system introduced by the BMC in last November has registered 15,424 potholes in Mumbai and the number is likely to increase in the next few months.
The rainfall registered till August 23 in Colaba and Santacruz was 812mm and 1,144.8mm respectively. While last year, the two weather stations registered 2,043.1mm and 2,232.1mm rainfall respectively during the same period, and around 6,000 potholes were reported on the city roads.
Civic officials, however, claim that though the number may seem high, there was transparency in the system.
“The number you is see is nothing. We believe that it will increase in the next period. Since it is easy for citizens to go out and report the potholes, more areas are being covered and the number is increasing,” said GM Agarwal, acting chief engineer, roads.
According to Agarwal, bad quality of roads was not responsible for the city’s pockmarked appearance. He said the major reason was the digging carried out by different departments and utilities.
Meanwhile, the civic body has introduced another enhancement in its pothole tracking system. Citizens who have sent pothole pictures will get voluntary alerts from the civic body about the filling of a pothole, either through an MMS or email.
“This is an additional feature. It is to let people know the status of their complaint,” said Shantanu Kulkarni of Probity Soft, the company that has provided the system to the BMC.