Every year, the city battles with pothole-ridden roads and bad patches. And, despite the civic body’s claims, there is no respite for commuters from the road ache.
This year, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has spent over Rs26 crore on pre-monsoon road repair work. Still, many major and minor roads, such as the E Moses Road, Juhu Military and Juhu Circle Road and the newly inaugurated Sion-Dadar flyover, have been damaged in a few days of heavy rain.
Taking up the issue in the civic general body meeting on Tuesday, the Opposition members staged a walkout forcing the ruling party to adjourn the meeting.
Rajhans Singh, Opposition leader in the BMC, raised the issue. “Roads starting from Brahma Kumari Road (Colaba) to Dahisar and Trimurti Road, Ghatipada Road up to Mulund have potholes. This is not prestigious for a city like Mumbai,” he said.
Municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar said, “Even I am concerned about the potholes. They will be filled.”
According to a statement issued by additional municipal commissioner, Aseem Gupta, the civic road department had inspected 3,831 roads and found 1,392 bad patches of which 1,316 were filled till Monday.
Congress corporators Sameer Desai alleged that the expenditure of filling potholes was increasing every year, but it didn’t reflect in the condition of the roads.
A BMC engineer said a study showed that Mumbai's roads were perennially in a bad state due the trenches dug by utilities — power, water, telephone and gas.
A political party took matters in its own hands and beat up a civic contractor for not having filled potholes on Tilak Bridge, connecting Dadar (East) and (West).
Around 15-20 activists assaulted SV Jivani. Civic officials said Jivani was incharge of maintaining roads on bridges in the island city.