With rains on their way, city’s roads not get­ting any smoother

Re­pairs on wa­ter pipe­lines to spill into June, roads to only get tem­po­rary patch-ups

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: If the civic body’s work sched­ule is to be be­lieved, sev­eral parts of the city could be dug up till June end, a cause for con­cern as the mon­soon is likely to hit much be­fore that.

The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion is cur­rently con­duct­ing work on the wa­ter pipe­line con­nec­tion un­der the Jawa­har­lal Nehru National Ur­ban Re­newal Mis­sion (JNNURM) scheme in 2010. This is ex­pected to be com­pleted in June. The sew­er­age work un­der the JNNURM has, how­ever, been com­pleted and the roads re­port­edly lev­eled.

But adding to the prob­lems are roads that are al­ready in a poor con­di­tion, which will only be patched up tem­po­rar­ily. The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has an­nounced that while it has got ap­provals for work on var­i­ous roads, per­ma­nent work such as as­phalt­ing will be only be un­der­taken af­ter the mon­soon, as any work now will not be pos­si­ble.

The is­sue came up for dis­cus­sion fol­low­ing a pro­posal in the civic stand­ing com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day for as­phalt­ing a road in sec­tor 11 of Koparkhairane from Kalash Udyan to Ko­pri flyover. The con­tract has been awarded to Clas­sic Con­struc­tion for over Rs1 crore.

At the meet­ing, var­i­ous cor­po­ra­tors com­plained of con- trac­tors de­lay­ing work in their wards. Vashi cor­po­ra­tor Raju Shinde said, “My ward in sec­tor 16, 16A and 15 has been dug up for the past two years for wa­ter pipe­lines, sew­er­age, gas, ca­ble and so on. This is caus­ing a lot of prob­lems to the res­i­dents. The mon­soon is al­most here, but no work has been done to cover up the roads.”

Cor­po­ra­tors blamed the mess on poor plan­ning by the civic ad­min­is­tra­tion, claim­ing the cri­sis would not have arisen had work started ear­lier.

Re­spond­ing to crit­i­cism, ad­di­tional chief en­gi­neer Surinder Patil said, “The res­i­dents have had to face some dif­fi­cul­ties but once the [wa­ter pipe­line] pro­ject is com­pleted ev­ery­one in the city will ben­e­fit im­mensely.”

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