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Fine on Mumbai’s Lalbaugcha Raja mandal for damaging roads waived off

The mandal said that it repaired the road they had damaged while setting up the pandal.

mumbai Updated: Sep 19, 2017 15:41 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
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The mandal submitted videos and pictures of pothole filing work done by them, which was inspected by the civic body later.(HT File)

The Lalbaugcharaja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, which was asked to pay a fine of Rs 4.86 lakh last week for damaging roads, will not have to pay the amount anymore.

The mandal said that it repaired the road they had damaged while setting up the pandal. Last year, the mandal had paid a fine of Rs 4.5 lakh.

After Ganesh Chaturthi, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) prepared a list of mandals that had damaged roads and created potholes during festivity. The roads were dug up to put up pandals. The mandals were charged Rs2,000 per pothole, or were asked to fix the roads themselves by September 15.

Following this, the mandal submitted videos and pictures of pothole filing work done by them, which was inspected by the civic body later. Though, the F/South ward officer was unavailable for comments, he had earlier said that they would be inspecting the work carried out by the organisers on September 18. If it was done satisfactorily, then their fine would be waived off.

Speaking to HT, Balasaheb Kamble, president, Lalbaugcharaja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, said that they had completed the work of filling potholes in two days.

“We got a contractor to fill all the potholes, just as instructed by BMC. Even after this if they wouldn’t have cleared us, we would have protested against it,” Kamble said.

First Published: Sep 19, 2017 15:41 IST