The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Ltd (MSRDC) collects toll tax from vehicles entering or leaving the city to recover the cost of the flyovers and bridges it constructs. But the agency has failed to maintain them, resulting in unfilled potholes and bad stretches.
In 2010, the MSRDC awarded the toll collection rights at five entry points of the city for 16 years to Mumbai Entry Point Toll Ltd (MEPL).
The agency received Rs2,100 crore upfront payment from them.
The contract included maintenance of 27 major flyovers and some bridges.
“Motorists are paying the toll, hence it is the MSRDC’s duty to ensure that the bridges and flyover are pothole-free and in proper condition. The contractors responsible should be penalised for the negligence,” said AV Shenoy, transport expert.
According to officials, J Kumar company had constructed the flyover where Umesh Shinde lost his life on Tuesday night.
It was built in 2009-10 and the firm is responsible for its maintenance under defect liability clause.
When asked about the potholes, J Kumar officials claimed that heavy rain in the past few days had resulted in bad stretches on the flyover.
Just before the start of the rains, MSRDC officials had claimed that all flyovers were repaired and would be potholefree this year.
SM Ramchandani, joint managing director, MSRDC, said “Because of the rains, potholes have appeared on a few flyovers However, our officials are ensuring that they are filled immediately. If found negligent, we wil take action against the contractor for Tuesday’s accident.”
Flyovers at Santacruz Andheri, Malad and BARC are among those flyovers, which are badly damaged this monsoon.