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Mumbai civic body should focus on fixing potholes in Bandra, say residents

Though the civic body said it has been fixing potholes regularly, one need not travel far into Bandra to realise their efforts have largely been in vain, said residents

mumbai Updated: Jul 27, 2017 09:39 IST
Geetanjali Gurlhosur
Geetanjali Gurlhosur
Hindustan Times
Potholes outside Bandra bus depot on Wednesday.
Potholes outside Bandra bus depot on Wednesday. (Pramod Thakur/HT Photo)

While pothole-ridden roads across the city are a constant every monsoon, Bandra deserves a special mention, according its residents and activists.

Though the civic body said it has been fixing potholes regularly, one need not travel far into Bandra to realise their efforts have largely been in vain, said residents.

The road opposite the bus depot at Bandra (West) is one of numerous pothole-ridden stretches in the area.

The 28-km long Swami Vivekananda (SV) Road has potholes at many places. While the civic body filled potholes at Hill Road junction on Wednesday, Linking Road junction is still riddled with potholes.

Corporator Asif Zakaria said, “Roads like St Paul Road, Chapel Road and Waroda Road were partially fixed before the monsoon, but are in bad shape now. The road outside Bhabha Hospital was in pathetic condition until recently.”

Around 50 members of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) gathered outside the Bandra (West) ward office of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to demand pothole-free roads in the ward on Wednesday. Parvez Shaikh, Bandra Taluka president, NCP, said, “The road outside Lilavati Hospital is in very bad shape. Potholes are a nuisance for senior citizens and also are a health concern as they are filled with water in the monsoon.”

Activist Nicholas Almeida said, “I have seen only one road — Mount Mary Road — that is free of potholes in Bandra. Why can’t the BMC make every road like that?”

16th Khar Road is the worst-affected in Khar (W). According to residents, other pothole-ridden areas include Khar danda and 4th and 5th roads.

Activist and architect Nitin Killawala said the condition has worsened because the BMC does not follow the road repairs manual. “The patch-work on roads is just a temporary solution. It does not matter what the BMC uses to fill the potholes. The entire stretch of roads should be attended to and it should be done as soon as small potholes are detected,” he added.

Bandra MLA and the BJP’s Mumbai chief Ashish Shelar said he would raise the issue in the assembly. “Potholes in Bandra have always been an issue. BMC needs to upgrade its technology, manpower and material used for repairs,” he said. Vinod Chithore, chief engineer (road repairs), told HT, “The potholes that showed up last monsoon have been repaired. The main reason for recurring potholes is the digging up of roads for utility trenches.”


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First Published: Jul 27, 2017 09:39 IST