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State panel pulls up BMC for poor roads

The state panel on Friday criticised the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for doing a poor job of maintaining the city’s roads, after it inspected six arterial roads on Thursday.

mumbai Updated: Sep 25, 2010 02:42 IST

The state panel on Friday criticised the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for doing a poor job of maintaining the city’s roads, after it inspected six arterial roads on Thursday.

The state government-appointed Standing Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) came down heavily on the BMC saying that it has not filled up potholes properly. “We are not satisfied with the work done by the civic body. There is scope for improvement,” said NV Merani, chairman of the Committee. The inspection was done to assess what’s gone wrong with Mumbai’s roads and the impact of large-scale infrastructure projects on them.

The six roads inspected in the island city and the suburbs include Andheri-Kurla Road, Sahar Road, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Road (from Sion to Wadala), GD Ambekar Marg, Slater Road in Grant Road and SS Rao Marg.

The panel found fault with stretches of the roads that have been laid with paver blocks. “I don’t understand why paver blocks have sunk and are so badly damaged. Using paver blocks on roads will not work if the BMC does not follow proper procedure while laying them,” said Merani.

The panel will send its suggestions to the BMC to help it maintain roads better.