HC says BMC obliged to repair roads in city, sets July 8 deadline
The Bombay high court has ordered the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to repair all roads in the city by July 8, reiterating that the civic authorities are “under an obligation to do so”. The HC will take stock of the BMC’s compliance on July 8.
The directions came when a division bench comprising justices Shantanu Kemkar and MS Karnik was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) on the poor state of roads in Mumbai and Thane. The BMC told the court it had completed 80% of the routine road repair work carried out before the monsoon each year and would complete the rest soon. The civic body said it was having trouble finalising a contractor to attend to citizens’ complaints on potholes.
The bench said all agencies – the BMC, the state government, MMRDA, MSRDC, and Mumbai Port Trust — must coordinate and work together to redress the “ever-recurring problem of potholes and waterlogging every year during the monsoon”.