Mumbai: BMC uses JCB machines to fill potholes

Mumbai: The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had promised a pothole free city this monsoon. However, the BMC has failed to live up to its promise and worse still, the road contractors have gone a step ahead by resorting to unethical practices.

The Free Press Journal reporter captured on camera appointed contractor M.E. Infra maintaining the N. M. Joshi Marg resorting to unethical means to fill potholes. They were found to level the potholes and not fill them properly. The N. M. Joshi Marg is one of the important roads for motorists connecting the western and central suburb has a number of potholes. The contractor was found filling the potholes of which a video clip has been captured by the Free Press Journal reporter.

The contractor was found using JCB machine for filling the potholes which are mainly used for lifting the concrete debris. The workers were found to be removing the accumulated water out of the potholes and putting black sand in it with the help of the JCB machines.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been slammed time and again by activists and citizens for doing shoddy work and not maintaining the roads. Yet, the civic body continues to repeat the same mistake this year too. Instead of repairing the potholes, they seem to be doing ad-hoc work.

As per the information given by the civic body, M E Infra company is maintaining the road and an on-site officer accepted that they are only doing ad-hoc work. “We are using the cold mix as it is difficult to fill the potholes in the rains. There is moisture in the material mix,” he said, without willing to be named,

The Assistant Engineer of the Roads Department, said, “I have asked for a report from my team regarding this. In addition, the road repairing work of the said road is stalled which was supposed to start before the monsoons. Hence, the contractor is bound to maintain the road on his own cost, as per the agreement condition with the BMC until the repairing work starts. Also, from October the entire stretch of 2,500 s. meter of NM Joshi Marg will be repaired.”

In defence of the contractor, AE Jain further said, “There are two different types of roads one is of asphalt (bitumen) and the other has paver blocks. Therefore, the contractor is finding it difficult to fill the potholes. Also, there is continuous traffic movement.”

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