Mumbai: On the radar for receiving a torrent of pothole complaints in one month of the monsoon, the BMC on Thursday gave a word to the elected representatives that the administration will fill potholes in the next 48 hours. This comes a day after the civic body acknowledged receiving as many as 837 pothole complaints in the first month of the downpour.
Additional Municipal Commissioner Vijay Singhal made the “promise” in a general body meeting. He was constrained to give the assurance after dodging allegations from corporators — all harping on the menace in their areas. Some corporators even offered him a ride on a bike for a first-hand experience of the bad roads. The civic administration shrugged off the blame and instead blamed contractors for doing a shoddy job. “We will penalise contractors who are not doing their work properly,” said Singhal, momentarily forgetting that the blacklisted contractors will be back in a new garb.
According to the civic body, it had received 837 pothole complaints between June 10 and July 10. Of them, 364 complaints had been registered in the last seven days. In the meeting, several corporators blamed the BMC for the increase in the number of potholes this year. Ravi Raja, leader of the opposition, said, “There are bridges collapsing, potholes, open manhole and nullah deaths. Are we talking about Mumbai or some under-developed small town? Mumbai is a metropolis and these are the amenities provided to Mumbaikars?”