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Mumbai rains return, so do potholes; citizens complain of being stranded in traffic


Mumbai: Mumbai rains have returned, so do the woes of Mumbaikars. After a dry spell, it has been raining in the suburbs and once again, the spectre of potholes has returned to haunt citizens and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

The link road from Dahisar to Andheri, had the maximum potholes in the city after incessant rains last month. During the dry spell, the BMC had filled those potholes. But, much to the civic body’s dismay, these have resurfaced. Citizens and activists complained of being stranded in traffic after new potholes emerged following steady rains over the last couple of days.

“It had barely rained for a couple of days when the potholes that were filled resurfaced. Traffic was moving at a snail’s pace on the link road. It was as if they were covered with thermocol, not any pothole-filling mixture, which seemed to have vanished in thin air,” said Hiren Joshi, a civic activist.

Civic officials have alleged the pothole-filling exercise was done haphazardly, which led to their ‘reincarnation’. “Faulty filling exercise may have led to potholes resurfacing. The process of filling the cold mix is still unclear to many. But action will be taken against them for their fault,” said a senior BMC official from the roads department.

In the last two years, the BMC has relaid approximately 580km (30%) of roads. Despite the work, the civic body has received more than 1,400 complaints of potholes since June, with some on roads that were repaired recently.

Last week, a popular radio channel team, along with actor Vicky Kaushal, undertook a pothole-filling initiative in Andheri (W). Citizens were urged to leave their homes and come fill potholes. The team has successfully resolved people’s problems in areas such as Kandivli, Thane, Malad, Vashi, and Andheri among others.

Corporators and activists have already deemed the BMC’s much-touted cold mix technology a complete failure.