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Mumbaiites, get ready for flooded and bumpy roads again this monsoon

Mumbai city news: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation missed its May 31 deadline to desilt drains and repair pothole-prone roads in the city. It Has now set itself a new deadline, till June 7 to complete the work.

mumbai Updated: Jun 03, 2017 23:58 IST
Tanushree Venkatraman
Tanushree Venkatraman
Hindustan Times
(HT file photo)

Be ready to struggle through water-logged and bumpy roads again this monsoon, especially in the western suburbs, as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has failed to desilt drains and repair roads across the city.

The BMC completed only 20% of the desilting work at Mithi river till May 25, revealed data from the civic body. Last year, it had completed 76.09% of the desilting work along the same stretch within the same period. The BMC is also yet to complete repairing 67% of its priority II roads.

As a part of its monsoon preparations, civic chief Ajoy Mehta had in March asked ward officers to prepare a list of roads and divide them into priority I and II. Priority I roads were those that needed to be fixed immediately as they were most prone to potholes and flooding. Priority II roads were relatively better off.

The BMC was supposed to finish desilting drains and repairing roads by May 31.

Senior civic officials cited delayed approvals for missing the deadline. “The standing committee did not approve the proposal until they visited the site.

We need just 3-4 more days to complete the work,” a civic official said. He added that they have worked for only 12 days to desilt the overflowing and polluted Mithi river. The 17.8 km-long river that runs along vast-stretches of slums before draining into the Mahim bay was one of the major reasons for the 2005 deluge.

Till May 30, the BMC managed to desilt 73.62% of nullahs in the island city, 85.90% in the western suburbs and 91.76% in the eastern suburbs.

Ravi Raja, a Congress corporator who visited the sites to check progress of the desilting works said, “The BMC has failed miserably to meet the deadline. In several places, they have just started with the desilting work as in many places the work. It is time that we consider other methods to prevent flooding instead of relying on contractors.”

Meanwhile, Mumbaiites will also have to face for bumpy rides as the civic body has not completed repairing 67% of its priority II roads which are prone to potholes and flooding.

The BMC is also struggling to reconstruct 92 of the 415 project roads before the rains. These project roads include major arterial roads such as SV Road, Link Road, Goregaon-Mulund Link Road and VN Purav Marg.

A senior road official said, “Shutting down of quarries in thane caused a major delay in our works. We had difficulty in sourcing our raw materials otherwise we could have completed the pre-monsoon works on time.” The BMC has now set itself a new deadline of June 7 to finish all the work.

HT reported on Tuesday, that the Indian Meteorological Department has estimated that monsoon will hit the city between June 8 and 10.

First Published: Jun 01, 2017 09:58 IST