The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has missed the August 25 deadline it had set for making all roads pothole-free ahead of Ganeshotsav. According to the civic pothole tracking website http://www.voiceofcitizen.com 2,265 potholes remained unfilled as on Sunday.
The BMC had initially set a deadline of August 15 for completing repairs,which was then extended to August 25. The deadline is now set to be pushed further.
SVR Srinivas,Additional Municipal Commissioner (roads),however,said Sunday that the deadline was for only filling pothole on procession routes. August 25 is the deadline we set for completing repairs on procession routes. A lot of ground has been covered in this respect.
According to voiceofcitizen.com,D ward (comprising Malabar Hill,Grant Road and Mumbai Central) continues to report the highest number of potholes (1,943,of which 217 were yet to be filled). P-north (Malad,Malwani,Dindoshi) stands second with 1,668 potholes with 25 left to be filled.
Other agencies like MMRDA,MSRDC and PWD were also supposed to meet the August 25 deadline,failing which the BMC had said it would undertake the repairs and bill them accordingly. Srinivas said,I met engineers of suburban roads today to discuss the progress. There will be a review meeting tomorrow to chart out further action.
With Ganeshotsav round the corner,the Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samnavay Samiti (BSGSS) is set to meet BMC chief Sitaram Kunte and Mayor Sunil Prabhu Monday to discuss the growing concerns over procession paths. The Brihanmumbai Ganesh Murtikar Sangh (BGMS),an umbrella organisation of more than 500 idol-makers,will also be part of Mondays meeting.
Secretary of BSGSS Girish Walawalkar said,BMC had promised us that there would be no potholes after August 25. They claim that only 2,000-odd potholes remain,but the real number is as high as 5,000.
According to Walwalkar,25 per cent of Ganesh idols,including Lalbaugcha Raja,have set out for their respective pandals even as the path remains pockmarked. If a mishap was to occur,who do we blame and who will compensate for it? said Walawalkar.
Gajanand Tondwalkar,president of BGMS,expressed concern over the procedures demanded by BMC for acquiring permissions,and plans to take up the issue during the meeting. Tondwalkar said,When Shubha Raul was mayor in 2007,she ruled that mandals would have to get permissions only once in five years. However,this changed last year. Since then,we have been required to apply for permissions every year. We waste a month running around for licences.