The delay in finishing 719 roadwork projects across the city might mean that you will have to suffer roads in much worse condition than last year. This is because officials and insiders say that most of the city’s roads need an urgent overhaul as no new ones have been built since 2009.
The civic body had spent a massive amount on roadwork in light of the general and assembly elections in 2009, leaving the civic body with no funds for any new roadwork for the next two years.
With barely a fraction of the city’s roads ready in time for the next monsoon, civic officials privately admit that the city might have a bumpier ride this year.
Out of the 560 minor roads to be relaid, contractors have assured the civic body of finishing barely 40-50% — around 250-300 roads. Out of the 159 major roads to be repaired, the administration is confident of finishing only 117 before the monsoon.
A civic official from the roads department said: “Any road has a certain shelf life, which has expired for most roads in the city. They should have been repaired a few years ago. This is why the city had to suffer bad roads last monsoon. It’s suspect whether these roads will be able to take another monsoon.”
The standing technical advisory committee (STAC) has repeatedly recommended a precautionary approach towards better roads. Although STAC chairman NV Merani wasn’t available for comment, he had earlier said: “The best way to ensure better roads is to target the roads which had the most potholes in the monsoon and take it up for repairs after the rains are over. If you keep neglecting such roads, then they are bound to crumble.”