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Potholes to remain for at least a week

You might have to put up with potholes on Mumbai’s roads for at least a week more.

mumbai Updated: Sep 15, 2011 01:58 IST
Prajakta Chavan
Prajakta Chavan
Hindustan Times

You might have to put up with potholes on Mumbai’s roads for at least a week more.

Government agencies responsible for the maintenance of the western and eastern express highways said the road repairs could be completed if the dry spell continues for a week.

Though the intensity of the rain has reduced, some of the city’s roads and flyovers remain in terrible shape. The Sion-Ghatkopar stretch is probably the worst. Motorists take almost an hour to negotiate this stretch, a distance that is normally covered in 10 to 15 minutes. The flyovers at Sion and Ghatkopar are full of potholes. Likewise, the flyovers at Kurla and Goregaon need immediate attention too.

The eastern and western express highways are maintained by the state’s Public Works Department (PWD), while the flyovers are maintained by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) through its contractor company, Mumbai Entry Point Private Ltd (MEP), which collects toll tax from the motorists at all entry and exit points to the city, for the same.

“The hot-mix plants do not function during the monsoon, therefore asphalt is not available to fill the potholes. It will reach the spots in the next couple of days, following which the repair work will commence,” said RK Jawanjal, executive engineer, PWD. “The work is expected to be completed in a week,” he added.

MEP said it would attend to all potholes falling in its jurisdiction if the dry spell continues for six days. “We know that the Sion flyover is in bad shape. It will be attended to within 24 hours. Likewise, the Kurla and Goregaon flyovers will be attended to in two days. All roads will be repaired before September 30. The asphalt filling will remain intact for another eight months,” said Kiran Pangaonkar, CEO of MEP Pvt Ltd.

Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) spokesperson Dilip Kawathkar claimed the agency would attend to all potholes within two days.

First Published: Sep 15, 2011 01:44 IST