Road repair works currently under way in various parts of Mumbai will be completed by May 20, well-ahead of the oncoming monsoon season, assures the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
The civic roads department has submitted an affidavit to the Bombay High Court, stating the deadline, as part of an on-going hearing on a public interest litigation on the deplorable condition of Mumbai’s roads.
According to additional municipal commissioner S V R Srinivas, in-charge of the roads department, maintenance and repair work as part of the civic body’s pre-monsoon preparations have begun on about 400 roads spanning the island city, eastern and western suburbs.
“Tenders and work orders for preventive maintenance work worth Rs 6 crore have been issued for major roads, apart from Rs 2 crore for minor and arterial roads. About 156 locations in western suburbs, 63 in eastern suburbs and 179 locations in the city have been identified for pre-monsoon repair. The work has started and will be completed by May 20,” Srinivas said in his report to the High Court.
Additionally, by the May 20 deadline, all trenches dug up on roads for various utility agencies will be refilled. The corporation stopped permissions for further trenching activity on April 15. The PIL was filed by the Bombay Bar Association seeking the High Court’s intervention to strictly implement traffic rules and ensure quality road maintenance. The BMC has submitted its report to a divisional bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sanklecha.
As per the affidavit, since the start of 2014, the civic body has sanctioned expenditures amounting to roughly Rs 2,700 crore on concretising various stretches in the island city, eastern and western suburbs.
“These works have been taken up as part of the grand master plan for roads in Mumbai. They are capital works which are separate from the preventive maintenance work we are carrying out ahead of the monsoon. The work orders for these stretches stipulate a nine to 12-month period for completion, so they will temporarily pause. The PIL has more to do with traffic management. We have submitted our report to the court as they have asked for it, but this is merely one aspect of the issue,” Srinivas said.
“We are sure of meeting the deadline for completing preventive maintenance work. We will also ensure all capital works are brought to a safe stage and halted by the same date,” he added. The High Court has scheduled the next hearing on the petition for June.