The Mumbai traffic police has asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to take up repairs of 18 prominent city roads on a priority basis.
Roads such as Senapati Bapar Road, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Road, Napeansea Road, Peddar Road, Annie Besant Road, SV road among others (see box) should be taken up on a priority basis, traffic police have suggested. These are key roads in the city and due to their bad condition, there have been traffic jams all across the city.
However, they have permitted the BMC to conduct pothole-filling work only during the nighttime. The civic body’s request for permission to carryout the work and divert traffic between 12.00pm and 4.00pm is still being considered.
“We have not permitted the BMC to work in the day, but if they give us a schedule, we will consider it,” said Vivek Phnsalkar, joint police commissioner (traffic).
Currently, they have permitted work from midnight to early morning.
Traffic police have also compiled a list of pothole-filled roads and sent it to the civic body. The city has more than 2,652 potholes, over 315 roads, out of the total of 4,000, according to a survey conducted by the traffic police department.
The list has exact locations and suggests time for repair work and traffic diversion.
“We will start working on the list. We want to carry out work in the daytime because that is the best time to complete crater-filling work at the earliest,” said Aseem Gupta, additional municipal commisioner.
For major road repair work, the BMC has to take prior permission from the Traffic police department, while work is carried out without permission in bylanes and internal roads, sources said.
Tempo, truck associations to go on strike
mumbai: After making your commute a nightmare, the pitiable condition of city roads may also affect your daily supply of milk, vegetables, fruits and essential commodities.
This is because tempo, truck, trailer and tanker associations across the state will go on an indefinite strike, or chakka jam, from August 18, primarily to protest the condition of city roads and highways.
“The roads, particularly highways, are in a terrible state. Still, the government continues to charge toll,” said Girish Agrawal, president, Bombay Goods Transport Association.
The associations have claimed they will only obstruct the running of trucks and tempos carrying essential goods if the government continues to ignore their demand. Usually, transportation of essential commodities is not disrupted.
“If the government does not take us seriously, we do not mind discontinuing transport of essential things like milk and vegetables,” said Shyam Gholap, president, Mumbai Malvahatuk Tempo Mahasangh.
If this were to happen, it would greatly inconvenience lakhs of people depending on these items for their day-to-day life.
The transporters, which include more than 200 associations, have decided that they would go ahead with their strike. “We are ready to go to jail and don’t mind even if our truck permits get cancelled, but we will go ahead with our strike,” said G Shanmugappa, president, All India Motor Transport Congress.
Some of their demands include the abolition of hefty tolls, implementation of 50% concession on user fee, if the vehicle is registered within that district, taxes imposed on the state on diesel and withdrawal of anti-dumping duty on tyres.