Despite the relative lull in the rains since last Friday’s deluge, a whopping 180 new potholes have been reported across Mumbai in the past 24 hours, according to the BMC’s pothole tracking website, www.voiceofcitizen.com. This takes the total number reported since the start of the monsoon to 808.
According to the website, 422 of these potholes have been repaired, while 386 are yet to be. With little respite from the rain since last Thursday, repairs are moving slowly; only 26 potholes have been repaired in the past 24 hours.
BMC, which spent nearly Rs 2,000 crore this year to improve the city’s roads ahead of the monsoon, allocated just Rs 14 crore for pothole repairs, half of what it set aside in 2014. While reducing this allocation, civic officials claimed their expenditure and efforts to improve the city’s roads would ensure that there were fewer potholes this monsoon.
K-West ward, which includes Andheri (W) and Juhu, has the highest number of reported potholes, 89, and is followed by areas such as Colaba, Nariman Point, Andheri (E) and Vile Parle (E).
In M-East and R-North wards, which include Govandi and Dahisar respectively, only two of 33 reported potholes have been repaired.
The hole truth:
Potholes reported since onset of monsoon: 808
Yet to be repaired: 386
Reported in past 24 hours: 180
Repaired in past 24 hours: 26