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MMRDA says little work left, activists not so sure

With major infrastructure projects nearing completion in the city, planning agencies claim they do not have much pre-monsoon work to do this year.

mumbai Updated: May 08, 2013 01:41 IST
Saurabh Katkurwar
Saurabh Katkurwar
Hindustan Times

With major infrastructure projects nearing completion in the city, planning agencies claim they do not have much pre-monsoon work to do this year.

When the city witnessed water logging and pothole-ridden roads in the past, civic officials had blamed it on infrastructure projects taken up by the state government through the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority.

“Most major projects are nearing completion. There are no pits or excavated areas at project sites. We have just three roads — RC marg, JP road and Andheri-Ghatkopar Road — under us and the rest have been handed over to the civic agency. We just have to ensure that these three roads are repaired and the drainage system along the roads is in good condition before the monsoon,” said Dilip Kawathkar, joint project director (PR), MMRDA, adding the agency will have a disaster control room.

The MMRDA has undertaken projects like Monorail, Metro, Eastern Freeway as well as links roads such as Jogeshwari-Vikhroli and Santacruz-Chembur. During the same time last year, it was seen removing debris, deploying water pumps to prevent water logging, barricading pits and excavating areas as a part of pre-monsoon work to prevent accidents at its project sites.

This year, none of the planning agencies has allocated any amount of money for pre-monsoon work.

Transport expert Jitendra Gupta criticised the authorities for their negligence in carrying out important work on time. “Lately, we have seen a dispute between civic agency and MMRDA over cleaning of Mithi river. How can authorities show negligence over such important issue as delay in cleaning of the Mithi river, which can lead to flooding in the city? Although the authorities are claiming that there will be no potholes during monsoon, first showers will clearly show the quality of pre-monsoon work,” said Gupta.

First Published: May 08, 2013 01:39 IST