90% road-repair work done, rest to be over before monsoon hits Mumbai: BMC

At the last hearing, the court had said it hoped the BMC would ensure that potholes are repaired on an urgent basis this year.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:June 9, 2016 1:37 am
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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation claimed on Wednesday that it had completed 90 per cent of road repair work in the city and the remaining work would be completed before the onset of the monsoon.

A division bench of Justice Shantanu Kemkar and Justice M S Karnik were hearing a suo motu public interest litigation regarding the conditions of roads in Mumbai in which several other petitions were combined related to the poor condition of the eastern and western express highways.

At the last hearing, the court had said it hoped the BMC would ensure that potholes are repaired on an urgent basis this year. BMC counsel Anil Sakhare on Wednesday submitted a compliance report to the court informing it about work completed by the corporation.

Sakhare said, “Road repair and maintenance work is an ongoing process. Till now, 90 per cent work is over and the remaining will be completed within the next 10 days. During monsoon, the civic body will continue inspecting the roads for maintenance work.” When the High Court asked if the remaining work could be completed in a week, the BMC said it was an ongoing process which would continue throughout monsoon. Sakhare said two helpline numbers have also been set up besides launch of a mobile app.

“The ads should be large so that people can see it easily. Advertisements of politicians and even civic bodies are full page ads, then why not these too?” said Justice Kemkar.

The BMC said the road will be opened for traffic by June 15.

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