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A first, civic body to start pothole audit from October

The detailed report will be followed by action against contractors found to have used poor-quality materia.

mumbai Updated: Sep 19, 2012 01:41 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

With monsoon drawing to a close and leaving the city roads riddled with potholes despite the use of new cold-mix technology this year, the civic body has chalked out a plan for its first-ever pothole audit beginning from October 1.

Though road audits are regularly carried out by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) through its third-party auditor SGS consultants, this is the first time potholes will be audited.

Twenty-five percent of potholes reported by citizens on BMC’s pothole-tracking portal would be chosen for the audit, which will test the effectiveness of the cold-mix technology, along with the contractors’ work.

“We will begin the audit on October 1. Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, VJTI and SGS Consultants would be roped in. A detailed audit report will reveal if the technology works and if contractors have been using it properly or not,” said Aseem Gupta, additional municipal commissioner.

HT had conducted an audit of potholes in July, which highlighted that the work was carried out in a shoddy manner in a number of places.

The BMC is also exploring ways of taking more stringent action against errant contractors. “To follow the audit with action, we are considering legal action against contractors for fraud if the audit reports show that there has been poor execution,” said Rahul Shewale, civic standing committee chairman.

The civic body has faced criticism in the past for failing to take effective action against contractors when third-party audits in road construction work repeatedly brought out irregularities and use of low-quality materials in the construction.

First Published: Sep 19, 2012 01:40 IST