Even as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) rushed to repair potholes on a priority basis ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi about 10 days ago, 2,000 more potholes were registered on the civic body’s website from the time the civic body announced its plan.
The civic body had decided to undertake repair work in two phases. Phase 1 concluded on August 15.
While 4,911 potholes were recorded on the civic body’s pothole-tracking website http://www.voiceofcitizen.com till August 6, the number increased to 7,040 on Saturday, which is 2,129 more potholes on the roads. Of the 7,040 potholes, the civic body claims to have repaired 5,695.
As an assurance to the Ganesh mandals in the city, the civic body had decided to undertake repair works in two phases. In the first phase, from August 8 to 15, the civic body had aimed to finish repair works for most of the roads in the city. In the second phase, between August 16 and 25, the BMC plans to concentrate on roads that are usual routes for the processions in the city. This includes roads like SV Road, NM Joshi Marg, Peddar Road and E Moses Road.
Apart from this, the Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvaya Samiti, the umbrella body of Ganesh mandals in the city, had also submitted a list of 3,000 potholes with photographs to the civic body that needed immediate attention. The 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival will begin on August 29.
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Ashok Pawar, chief engineer of the roads department, said, “We have already instructed ward offices to identify the specific routes for the processions and undertake work accordingly. The repair and maintenance of all the roads in the city is completely in order.”
The highest number of potholes – 544 have been reported from the K-West ward, which includes areas in Andheri and Oshiwara, followed by the S ward (which includes Bhandup), where 499 potholes have been reported till date.