Municipal Commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya has sanctioned an additional budget of Rs 20 crore to fill potholes in the city.
The earlier budget provision was Rs 40 crore, of which, more than Rs 18 crore have been spent till date. The ward officers now want more money to repair the potholes in their wards.
The Brihamumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has identified 9,613 potholes on the city roads of which they claim to have attended to 9,038 and only 593 have yet to be repaired.
"Of the Rs 40 crore, we have distributed Rs 36 crore in the 24 wards in the city, of which they have spent Rs 18 crore,"said Additional Municipal Commissioner Aseem Gupta.
Gupta said the exercise of filling the potholes was interrupted by the heavy rainfall.
But since it has not been raining for the last two days, they have got time to fix the potholes.
He said the roads are bound to develop bad patches due to digging to lay or change the underground utilities.
Kshatriya said contractors of a particular road would be fined and blacklisted if the road is damaged in its defect liability period. "There is no reason for a newly built road to develop bad patches and potholes,"said the civic chief.
The Jet Patcher machines which were bought at a cost of Rs 76 lakh which were dumped in the civic garage for the last one year have been made operational. But they can only fill an area of 60 sq m a day— which amount to hardly a 2 per cent area of filled with potholes.
The city has a road network of 1,950 km, of which only 506 km is in cement concrete. "The only solution to the pothole problem is that the remaining kilometer should be constructed using concrete,"added Gupta.