HC says BMC obliged to re­pair roads in city, sets July 8 dead­line

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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”.


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