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‘Repair potholes in 15 days or face action’

Island city guardian minister Jayant Patil has given the civic body a 15-day ultimatum to fix potholes.

mumbai Updated: Jul 29, 2010 00:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Island city guardian minister Jayant Patil has given the civic body a 15-day ultimatum to fix potholes.

He along with civic officers, including Additional Municipal Commissioner Aseem Gupta, drove down from Marine drive towards Babulnath Temple and Peddar Road to asses the situation of roads in south Mumbai.

Later, in a meeting with the civic officials on Wednesday, he has asked them to use advanced technology and better material for filling potholes.

“I have given them a deadline which they have promised to keep. I will visit the spots and review the situation after that,” said Patil.

On July 21, Hindustan Times reported on how some city roads were in bad condition due to potholes.

He said that the stretch between Peddar Road and Nariman Point was in a poor condition and he wants them to repair it soon.

He also instructed the civic body to hold contractors responsible for bad roads and replace them if they are not able to do their job.

“The civic body has set aside Rs 30 crore to repair potholes. But only Rs 18 crore has been spent. They should hold contractors responsible for not having done a good job and blacklist the defaulters,” he said.

According to the BMC rulebook, a contractor should fill a pothole within 48-hours of it being pointed out and he can be pulled up and even blacklisted if the deadline is not met. But none of this happens.

According to the civic road department, Rs 40 crore had been sanctioned for road repairs.

This money is paid to 23 private contractors through the maintenance department of each ward.

“The problem is that the contractors are supposed to allot one-third of the money for pre-monsoon repair and two-third funds for rest. But all of it gets exhausted barely few weeks into monsoon because of no prioritising,” said a senior official in the civic body.

With Patil’s new deadline, fresh funds will be given to the wards and contractors will be paid again, he added.

First Published: Jul 29, 2010 00:36 IST