If you are driving towards south Mumbai via Napean Sea Road, be prepared for a traffic jam till Tuesday.
The civic body has partially shut the road for vehicles since Friday morning for repairing potholes.
The 300 metre stretch towards Malabar Hill connecting Kemps Corner and Priyadarshani Park will remain partially shut till Tuesday and could lead to traffic jams during peak hours. The narrow road sees a lot of traffic during the morning and evening peak hours.
“We will try to complete the repair work in the next two three days. We need a dry spell to hurry up the work,” said Deputy Municipal Commissioner Milin Sawant.
These repairs will cost Rs 24 to 28 lakh. “This would be a temporary measure. The repair work would be taken up again after the monsoon,” added Sawant.
“The same road has been repaired two or three times this monsoon but the work gets washed away during heavy rain,” said a civic officer from D ward, requesting anonymity as he was not authorised to talk to media.
The repair work has been paced up after ministers questioned the civic body over the potholes. Most of the ministers use this road on their way to their official bungalows at Malabar Hill. Subsequently, the municipal administration decided to repair bad patches on the road by laying paver blocks.
Municipal Commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya has sanctioned an additional budget of Rs 20 crore for pothole repair work apart from earlier Rs 40 crore kept aside.
“Of the Rs 40 crore, we have distributed Rs 36 crore in all 24 wards in the city of which they have spent Rs 18 crore,”said Additional Municipal Commissioner Aseem Gupta earlier this week.
He added that the civic body has identified 9,613 potholes and 9,038 have been filled up. “The exercise of filling the potholes was interrupted by heavy rainfall,” he said.
The Jet Patcher machines, which were bought at a cost of Rs 76 lakh have been made operational. But they can only fill an area of 60 sqm a day which amounts to hardly 2 per cent of the area filled with potholes.
The city has a road network of 1,950 km of which only 506 km is concretised with cement.