Even as chief minister Prithviraj Chavan set yet another deadline for various agencies to get the city’s roads in shape, officials from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) reacted with skepticism. After meeting various Ganpati mandals on Saturday for a review meeting on preparations of the festivity, Chavan ordered various agencies to finish filling all potholes in the city by Wednesday midnight.
Ironically, this deadline was announced a few hours before it was set to expire. On Tuesday, the civic body had said there were 1,700 potholes at 308 pothole locations that had to be attended to.
At the meeting, Ganpati mandal representatives presented a list of 310 pothole locations, which according to them, were yet to be fixed. Naresh Dahibawkar, president, Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti, said, “We requested the CM to get the potholes attended to immediately. Although work had been done by agencies previously, new potholes have emerged.”
A senior civic official from the roads department, not wishing to be named, said, “Although the CM has instructed us to finish filling potholes on our roads, it is going to be an uphill task to do so within a few hours. Although it helped that it didn’t rain on Wednesday, such a deadline will still be difficult to implement.”
But, Mayor Shraddha Jadhav, said BMC would be able to fill potholes before Thursday morning. “The BMC has anyway filled most potholes on its roads. The few new ones will also be filled within the next few hours. The commissioner has promised these will be attended to by Thursday morning, latest.”
A civic official, present at the meeting, said, “This immediate deadline is only for major roads. Minor roads will be taken care