While Hindustan Times’ panelists blamed the lack of coordination between the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Mumbai Metropolitan regional development authority (MMRDA) for the city’s bad roads, Additional Municipal Commissioner Aseem Gupta said citizens should bear with some short-term inconvenience for the long-term good.
The consensus among panelists was that MMRDA projects are wreaking havoc on the roads. There is a lack of coordination between MMRDA and the BMC.
There are certain conflicts here. We have given MMRDA permission to continue their work. However, they are expected to ensure that the roads affected are in brought back in shape. MMRDA has been executing big-ticket projects and it’s only fair that citizens put up with small inconveniences as a result of these works. MMRDA has promised that it will clear the debris, which will help us prevent flooding.
Our panelists observed that even concrete roads haven’t been spared. Road joints have not been filled at various spots, making them vulnerable to seepage.
This is a real possibility and I accept that this should be a priority. In our pre-monsoon preparation, we didn’t concentrate on these joints. However, we will look into it. I will tell my officials to inspection such roads and joints.
The audit found that one major reason for the bad condition of roads, especially ones with paver blocks, is the poor quality of work done to fill trenches dug by utilities. The panelists said such constant digging affects road quality.
I agree to an extent that roads are not satisfactorily after they are dug up. There is a general observation that the quality of roads, after their repair, needs to improve. We are working towards it. Also, now we collect a deposit from the utilities that dig our roads and carry out the reinstatement ourselves instead of letting them do it.