BMC to pay contractors while its machines rust
MUMBAI: With the monsoon just round the corner, the civicbody’s efforts to combat pot- holes are back and so are instances of mismanagement and wastage of public money.
Here is one: While three publicly-owned machines with Rs70 crore already spent on them gather dust, the BMC is all set to spend more on appointing a private contractor to use another set of similar machines to fill the city’s potholes during monsoon.
The civic body is in the process of appointing contractors to fill potholes across the city during the monsoon. As part of the pre-monsoon measures, it has short-listed a com- pany that will fill potholes using the new set of machines in four of the 14 sub-zones in the city, which includes areas such as Andheri, Ghatkopar and Kurla.
While the total cost of the contracts has not been finalised yet, the BMC is slated to spend at least Rs8 crore on the new machines, considering its plan to spend Rs2 crore on each zone.
The civic body had, in 2008, bought three such machines at the cost of around Rs3 crore and then paid a private contractor close to Rs68 crore to fill potholes using them.
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