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Bear with potholes a little longer, 300 roads still bumpy 

On Monday, the BMC began reconstructing 100 roads. Sources said the next 100 will be taken up from October 19, and the remaining by the end of this month

mumbai Updated: Oct 18, 2016 01:19 IST
Sanjana Bhalerao
Sanjana Bhalerao
Hindustan Times
BMC,Potholes,Ajoy Mehta

You will have to bear with potholes on 300 roads across Mumbai for a few more months — despite the October 17 deadline the civic chief set for his administration.

These potholes, civic officials said, will not to be filled anytime soon, as the roads are due for reconstruction.

“Pothole filling work was taken up on a war-footing and most of them were filled. Only potholes on 300 roads were not done as they will be reconstructed. It will only be duplication of work if we fill them now and then reconstruct the road later,” said a senior civic official, not wishing to be named.

ON Monday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) began reconstructing 100 roads. Sources said the next 100 will be taken up from October 19, and the remaining by the end of this month.

With the deadline ending, Mehta inspected roads in the western suburbs and also the 100 new road works that began on Monday.

While the BMC maintains good progress was being made, corporators rubbished these claims, especially because the administration has missed several deadlines — six deadlines were issued in the past two months, one even by the chief minister.

“Even after the deadlines, the condition of the roads is pitiable. The commissioner should resign immediately,” said Sanjay Nirupam, Mumbai’s Congress chief.

Repeated complaints from citizens, corporators and civic officers over contractors not filling potholes had Mehta ask all deputy municipal commissioners (DMCs) to act against those not filling potholes on roads that fall under the defect liability period (DLP). The civic chief also asked the DMCs to oversee and review repairs and reconstruction of the 300 road works set to begin this month.


Civic staff plays cricket match on Monday, draws flak

G-North ward that includes areas like Dadar, Parel created a new controversy on Monday, as the civic officials were found playing cricket during working hours. “Engineers created ruckus and said one of them was insulted when they were criticized for not filling potholes and threatened to go on strike. Why aren’t they embarrassed now when they were not on work during office hours,” said Sandeep Deshpande, group leader, MNS.

First Published: Oct 18, 2016 00:24 IST