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Mumbai: MCGM’s pit-filling promise goes for a ‘six’


Instead of meeting the civic chief’s Monday deadline for fixing all potholes in city, G-North engineers were found playing cricket at a school ground

Mumbai: While Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta had set October 17 as the deadline for the civic administration to make the city pothole-free, civic officials at the G north ward were found playing cricket during their duty hours.

The engineers and employees of the G north ward were found playing cricket in Antonio D’silva School at Dadar as they all were on duty. They all knew the deadline for filling the potholes was today but they ignored completing their work and decided to play cricket while their offices were closed.

In his last meeting with all the Deputy Municipal Commissioners of all the seven zones, Mehta had ordered to make the city pothole free by October 17; however, it is evident that the corporation has failed to do it.

The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has once again disappointed the Mumbaikars by making false promises. However, the deadline for filling potholes has expired on Monday and still there are large number of potholes in Mumbai.

Sanjay Nirupam, President of City Congress, said, “Mehta has insulted the citizens and we have not seen any work done for filling the potholes in the city which is why he should resign from his post.”

Ramakant Biradar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner of G North ward, defended his staff and said, “Our officers come for duty in morning 8.00 am and during lunch break few of them might have gone to play cricket; every year we play just for the entertainment.”

Nirupam further added, “It is very unfortunate that the municipal commissioner and the civic officials are not taking this issue very seriously and have turned a blind eye to the pothole menace. However, it is a big road scam and a strict action should be taken against the municipal commissioner.”

The civic chief has further instructed that these DMCs should oversee and review the repairs and reconstruction of 300 roads that set to begin before the end of this month.