After receiving flak from the standing technical advisory committee (STAC), the civic body has asked three expert agencies to scrutinise its first flyover project.
Also, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will soon be appointing a chief engineer of bridges. Currently, roads, bridges and traffic are handled by a single chief engineer.
On July 6, Hindustan Times had reported about the objections raised by the STAC against the BMC constructing a 1.3km flyover project along Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road, spanning Shivaji Nagar junction and Baiganwadi junction. The project cost is estimated to be around Rs 90 crore.
While reviewing the project, the committee had noted that the civic body did not have the technical expertise required to build flyovers. The experts said there was urgent need for an ‘expert advisory group’, which would consult for such projects with the BMC officials. Following the criticisms, BMC cancelled all tender work for the project.
“The objections raised by the STAC were about the design and peer review. To incorporate the suggestions, we have decided to appoint three agencies to scrutinise the flyover design,” said Aseem Gupta, additional municipal commissioner. “This will ensure that we have more than two reports and we can compare the pros and cons of the project.”
The BMC will soon begin repairing bridges in the city, many of which run through the railway’s property. “We had discussions with railway officials and have decided on the formula to carry out the repairs,” Gupta said.