BMC to take up road re­pairs af­ter scam, to be more vig­i­lant ON THE MEND

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Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Chetna Yerunkar chetna.yerunkar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Start­ing Oc­to­ber 1, the civic body will re­pair and re­con­struct around 350km of roads across the city at an ap­prox­i­mate cost of Rs2,000 crore. This will be first ma­jor project taken up af­ter last year’s road scam. A po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion against the con­trac­tors and civic of­fi­cials is cur­rently un­der­way.

As many as 891 roads in the is­land city, western and eastern sub­urbs will be taken up for re­con­struc­tion and re­pairs, in­clud­ing con­crete and as­phalt work. For the first time, 120 traf­fic junc­tions will be the BMC’s pri­mary fo­cus.

Af­ter the road scam was un­earthed, civic chief Ajoy Me­hta took sev­eral steps to pre­vent shoddy work by con­trac­tors. This in­cludes a re­vi­sion in con­tract con­di­tions to en­sure con­trac­tors do not cheat and in­di­vid­u­als are held re­spon­si­ble for shoddy work. Fur­ther, a stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure has been is­sued for civic of­fi­cials to mon­i­tor road con­struc­tion work to main­tain qual­ity, said se­nior civic of­fi­cials.

“We have al­ready ini­ti­ated ac­tion against those found re­spon­si­ble for ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties. It should send a clear sig­nal to ev­ery­body that we are tak­ing the road work se­ri­ously and qual­ity con­struc­tion is ex­pected,” said Me­hta.

A ma­jor­ity of the 891 roads will be from the western sub­urbs – 403 roads and 45 junc­tions will be taken up from Ban­dra to Dahisar. BMC of­fi­cials said 204 roads and 52 junc­tions will be taken up in the is­land city and 284 roads and 25 junc­tions in the eastern sub­urbs.

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