The poor condition of the city roads has not only caused grief for Mumbaiites – it has also caught the attention of the city councillors.
Both the ruling party and the opposition are unhappy with the condition of the roads and are brainstorming on how they can ensure they are pothole-free.
Balchandra Shirsat, BJP Corporator and Improvement Committee chairperson said that concretising all city roads is the only permanent solution to get rid of potholes. “Potholes repaired during summer reappear in the monsoon. ”
Shirsat, a corporator from Garodia Nagar, Ghatkopar N Ward added: “It’s true that this year, we see more potholes than in the previous year, but maintaining good roads in the city is also the responsibility of the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority, Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation, and the Public Works Department.”
On the other hand, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) group leader Mangesh Sangle, from Kannamwar Nagar, Vikhroli S ward said: “ Potholes are like one of the seasons in Mumbai. They arrive with the monsoon and are a result of the BJP-Sena alliance.”
He also claimed that the potholes in his ward were not attended to properly.
Similarly Sameer Desai, a Congress corporator of MG Road, Goregaon (West) P (South) ward said. “Thousands are spent on repairing one pothole and if the filling washes of with every shower, then what’s the use of putting all this money?