1,000 potholes surface on city roads in 2 days
The pothole count on city roads has gone up by 1,000 in the past two days.
With the city witnessing heavy showers since Sunday night, the number of potholes has reached 16,035, of which the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has attended to only 14,397.
And after receiving flak for the bad state of roads despite spending large amounts, the standing committee chairman on Monday presented the civic body's budget in front of the corporation house in which Rs. 1,466 crore have been allocated for improvement of roads and traffic.
Corporators across party lines demanded that the BMC focus on proving city residents with smooth roads. They claimed that the cold-mix technology being used to had failed.
Congress corporator Asif Zakaria said: "The potholes that were filled earlier have resurfaced. This year the city has received very little rain, but the roads are filled with potholes. People want smooth roads that are easy to travel on. They are not interested in new technologies."
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena corporator and standing committee member Chetan Kadam claimed that the new cold-mix technology of the BMC was unsuccessful. "We have photographs of potholes that had been filled and are now back. We will give it to civic administration as proof of the shoddy work done by contractors," he said.
However, GS Aggrawal, acting chief engineer of roads, claimed there was nothing wrong with the cold-mix technology. "Let them [corporators] produce evidence to us," he said.