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
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.”