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This monsoon, MMRDA vans to fix potholes 24x7

mumbai Updated: May 14, 2010 01:44 IST
Zeeshan Shaikh
Zeeshan Shaikh
Hindustan Times
This monsoon

This monsoon, you may have a pothole-free ride on the city roads.

The development agency has instructed its contractors to travel in mobile vans with paver blocks and road repair material and equipment to fix potholes that are likely to develop during rains.

“The mobile vans will be available round the clock. When we will get a complaint that the road surface has been damaged, the van will rush to the spot and smoothen the surface,” said Dilip Kawathkar, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) spokesperson.

The MMRDA also said after Saturday it will stop digging trenches to avoid waterlogging during monsoon.

The MMRDA, which looks after the construction of 28 km of road, six flyovers and more than 30 skywalks in the city, has earlier faced the flak from various quarters, including the municipal corporation.

The corporation had blamed the MMRDA for waterlogging during the 2005 deluge.

This year, 530 km of the 1,900 km of city roads have been dug up for projects undertaken by the MMRDA and the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation.

Last year, it was 425 km.

To avoid another blame game this monsoon, MMRDA and civic officials had met earlier this week.

At the meeting, the municipal corporation allowed the MMRDA to continue construction of the metro, monorail and flyovers through the monsoon on the condition that the agency will ensure there is no waterlogging at these construction sites.

“During monsoon, MMRDA should ensure there is no waterlogging in areas where their work is on,” Mayor Shraddha Jadhav had said on Tuesday.