Had a bumpy ride? Blame the BMC
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation will take care of all city roads except two in the suburbs and the eastern and western express highways. Sujit Mahamulkar reports.mumbai Updated: Sep 03, 2010 01:24 IST
The next time a ride on a potholed road gives you a backache you will have only one agency to blame.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will take care of all city roads except two in the suburbs and the eastern and western express highways.
"All major and minor roads are now with the civic body. Only two roads are with the MMRDA because of Metro rail work going on here," said Dilip Kawathkar, joint project director of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
The BMC and the MMRDA have always been caught up in a blame game when it comes to the condition of roads in Mumbai. In August, Shiv Sena leaders including Mayor Shraddha Jadhav blamed the MMRDA for bad roads.
The MMRDA will only look after JP Road in Andheri and the Andheri-Ghatkopar Link Road in the suburbs. The eastern and western express highways are with state's Public Works Department.
The BMC's standing committee on Wednesday allotted Rs 60 crore towards repairing, maintaining and upgrading roads in the city, including the 13 roads that the MMRDA was looking after. The BMC has also sanctioned Rs 20 crore for three zones — the island city, western suburbs and eastern suburbs.
The amount has been proposed for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. Rahul Shewale, chairman of the standing committee, said, "Construction of any new road like approach roads will be done using this money."
The BMC had earlier allocated Rs 40 crore for filling potholes. The municipal commissioner sanctioned an additional Rs 20 crore in August. "The heavy rains interrupted the exercise of filling potholes. Work will continue if we get two of three days of a dry spell," said Additional Municipal Commissioner A.K. Singh.