MBMC warns contractors: Repair potholes properly or get blacklisted

Bhayandar: Upset over the shoddy repair work done by contractors, Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) chief Dr Naresh Gite has listed fresh guidelines for fixing potholes which dot the roads of the twin city. Dr Gite has warned of strict action against those who fail to restore the  roads in a proper manner.

“It has come to our notice that pothole  fixing has been reduced to a shoddy filling work on many stretches. Contractors have been issued a strict warning to follow a solid pothole fixing recipe to ensure maximum durability. Engineers have asked to closely monitor the work, citizens too can inform us in case they find any type of sloppiness,” said Dr Gite.

As per the guidelines, all loose materials have to be cleaned out with a blower before filling the potholes with specified mixtures and compacted with heavy hand rammers. Although citizens are hopeful that the authorities will get rid of potholes, many are concerned about the impending health hazard due to the dust storm which is kicked up due to the use of blowers.

It should be noted that the defect liability period which applies to contractors consists of a stipulated guarantee period for assured repairs and maintenance work. This is backed by a third party audit to check the quality of road work. However, the private audit agencies are also under the scanner for allegedly issuing quality control reports of substandard road works thus facilitating a safe passage to bill payments.

The civic chief has assured that there will be maximum transparency in audit works. Interestingly, not a single contractor in the MBMC has been blacklisted for shoddy road works so far, this despite gross violations of defect liability clauses  in the tender rules and breaches in guidelines laid down by the Indian Road Congress.

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