BMC wa­ters down 48-hour dead­line to fill pot­holes

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - St­effy The­var

MUM­BAI: The BMC was left red­faced on Fri­day af­ter it di­luted its 48-hour dead­line to fix all pot­holes in the city.

Ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner (AMC) Vi­jay Sing­hal had on Thurs­day promised to fill all pot­holes in the next 48 hours. In a climb­down of sorts, Vinod Chithore, chief en­gi­neer (roads), clar­i­fied that 48-hour dead­line is prac­ti­cal only if it does not rain.

Ac­tivists have crit­i­cised the BMC for set­ting an un­re­al­is­tic dead­line.

James John, ac­tivist with AGNI (Ac­tion for Good Gov­er­nance and Net­work­ing in In­dia), said, “If the BMC hur­ries in fill­ing the pot­hole, it will only lead to shoddy work, re­sult­ing in more and more pot­holes.”

Ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neers and all con­cerned con­trac­tors were called in for a meet­ing on Fri­day and di­rected to pull up their socks to fix pot­holes.

The BMC has re­ceived 1,032 pot­hole-re­lated com­plaints this mon­soon, of them, 674 have been at­tended to.

Chithore said, “We have asked con­trac­tors and en­gi­neers that they have to fill in all the pot­holes in the next 48 hours. Our staff has al­ready con­firmed that the work has be­gun. We are deter­mined to fill all pot­holes as di­rected by the AMC. The com­plaints we have recorded have come from the toll free num­bers, web­site and mo­bile app. It does not in­clude the fig­ures from What­sapp, though we are at­tend­ing to them too.”

The civic body has ap­pointed one con­trac­tor for each of the seven zones for pot­hole re­pairs.

One of the ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neers, who at­tended the meet­ing, said, “We have been di­rected to su­per­vise con­trac­tors and en­sure that they use op­ti­mum ma­chin­ery and man­power.”

The BMC has in­structed con­trac­tors to fill pot­holes on all ma­jor roads and those pot­holes that fall within the de­fect li­a­bil­ity pe­riod.

For pot­holes on smaller roads (less than 9 me­tre), BMC staff will un­der­take re­pairs with the help of ‘Cold­mix’(a mix­ture used to fill pot­holes). The mix­ture, pre­pared at the BMC’S Worli plant, will also be used only for emer­gency re­pairs. How­ever, the plant has been shut since mon­soon as the ra­di­a­tor was dam­aged. It is ex­pected to restart soon, added Chithore.

Trench­ing is an­other ma­jor is­sue for bad con­di­tion of roads.

Dur­ing the gen­eral body meet­ing on Thurs­day, Sing­hal said that with easy ap­proval al­most 400-500 km of roads has been dug up in the past eight months.

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