Admitting that there were 495 locations in the city which are still pothole-ridden, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has said that it can attend to all of these, if the dry-spell continues for the next four to five days.
The civic body said that it has filled potholes in 6,024 locations so far and claimed to have stepped-up road repairs after Saturday’s meeting with the chief minister. Between Saturday morning and Sunday morning, the BMC had rid 162 locations of potholes, according to its own figures.
However, the ride for citizens will continue to be rough and they can expect to be harrowed this weekend, as the civic body plans to resurface certain stretches completely. Key among them is the Kavi Keshavsut flyover in Dadar, outside the Dadar (West) railway station.
The flyover has been marred by potholes for a long time now. Admitting to the problem, additional municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta said: “The flyover needs complete resurfacing and this will not be possible on weekdays, given the traffic scenario. Since we have a long weekend this week, we are planning to complete resurfacing work then.
Gupta said that the traffic police had agreed to give them permission to do so over the weekend.
According to the latest figures, the Western Suburbs have the highest number of potholes, with a total of 323 pothole locations. The Eastern Suburbs come second, with 112 pothole locations and the island city is slightly better off, with potholes on 60 locations.
With regard to penalising contractors, the BMC said that a total of Rs23 lakh has been recovered as fines, for potholes appearing on roads within the Defect Liability Period (DLP). There are a total of 1,138 DLP roads in the city.