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Stop this endless cycle of vested interests and constant repairs

mumbai Updated: Jul 31, 2011 01:58 IST
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On the newly-constructed Matunga flyover, paver blocks have been used to fill up potholes. Many potholes are also scattered across the Eastern Express Highway near Chembur.

The roads are uneven near the domestic airport. The bridge on Senapati Bapat Road in Dadar (West) looks like the surface of the moon. So does Dr Ambedkar Road near Jijamata Udyan in Byculla.
The pathetic state of our roads is the result of an anti-Mumbai nexus of corrupt contractors and politicians. It is they who are causing these endless traffic jams and hazardous jerks to the spine.
It is they who have squandered our tax money, with nothing to show for it. When will these ‘potholes of corruption’ be fixed? We need the Jan Lokpal law at once, so we can fight such corruption.
— Hansraj Bhat

It’s our fault for electing them
Generally, you know the monsoon is here from the croaking of the frogs. In our city, though, we have our own monsoon signs — you know the rains have set in when you see the first potholes and craters form on your already-bump roads.
As the complaints begin to pour in, the cyclical finger-pointing begins between the BMC, MMRDA, PWD and corrupt contractors. Everyone promises to look into the matter and take action.
The potholes, meanwhile, steadfastly remain. Corrupt contractors are not be punished; they keep getting huge contracts. And we continue to suffer. Perhaps the fault is really ours, for electing the same members year after year?
— Anil Bagarka

Apparently, no one is accountable
I live in Juhu, on CD Barfiwala Marg. A flyover is being constructed right near my house and the state of the road is pathetic here too. There is a mini-Grand Canyon outside our house, which fills up with gutter water and makes it impossible for pedestrians to pass without wading through ankle-deep sewage. Why are we expected to tolerate such shoddy work?
Unwilling to sit by quietly, we wrote to our assistant municipal commissioner, Ramesh Pawar, and he replied saying that the flyover was being constructed by the MSRDC and he would forward our complaint to them. Come on!
— Suvidhi

It’s a cycle of profits and repairs
Ranting about the condition of our roads is a futile exercise. Our roads will never change. Just like shoe companies make shoes to last for only six months so the customer comes back to buy another pair, contractors will continue to build roads that wear out quickly so they can get paid for endless repairs. I don’t believe I will see a change for the better in my lifetime. This is a permanent situation. Only the players will change — the game remains the same.
— Ernest Flanagan

The BMC should be liable for damages
The BMC should be forced to award damages to citizens for its failure to fix potholes, as is being done in Los Angeles, where a citizen can file an online complaint and seek damages for bad roads. Nothing else will force the BMC to act against unscrupulous contractors and bad roads.
— Deendayal M Lulla