BMC to pay con­trac­tors while its ma­chines rust

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ku­nal Puro­hit ku­nal.puro­hit@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

RE­LATED RE­PORT, P6

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