Big Potholes  and bad road   opposite Central Mall,Terdeo on Wednesday. Express Photo by Kevin D'Souza.  24.06.2015. Mumbai.
Big Potholes and bad road opposite Central Mall,Terdeo on Wednesday. Express Photo by Kevin D'Souza. 24.06.2015. Mumbai.

No more chance will be given, says high court

Mumbai: With the directions from the Bombay High Court as well as the assurance from the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), Mumbaikars can expect a smooth and safe ride this Diwali.

On Tuesday, the HC directed the civic body to fill all the potholes and repair all the roads in the city before October 31.

The direction came from a division bench of justices Shantanu Kemkar and Makarand Karnik while hearing suo motu a public interest litigation, highlighting the poor conditions of city’s roads.

The bench directed the MCGM, the Public Works Development (PWD) and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to repair all roads, freeways, highways etc. in their respective jurisdictions.

“We expect all the authorities to work in collaboration and complete the repair work in time. The said authorities will have to file a compliance report separately on the next date of hearing,” the bench said.

The bench also made it clear that this would be the last chance for the authorities concerned to repair roads and that it would not grant more time.

The court also suggested the authorities to start preparing for the monsoon season from now itself, as this will help them to complete the task well in time.

While posting the matter for December 8, the bench said it would be disposing of the said petition by issuing guidelines and directions pertaining to this issue.

Appearing for MCGM, senior counsel Anil Sakhre assured the bench that the civic body would make the city ‘pothole-free’ by October 31. MCGM had already roped in contractors for the same, he informed.

Earlier, when the petition was assigned to Justice Vidyasagar Kanade’s bench, he had complained about a week-long back pain due to the ‘bumpy-ride’ on city roads.

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