Your daily commute to work, or the act of simply driving from point A to B might continue to be a nightmare for two more months. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which has undertaken a massive exercise of road repairs in the city is expected to finish work on 100 roads across Mumbai only by May-end, officials confirmed.
The earlier deadline for completing all the work was April.
According to official estimates released by BMC last month, it has completed work on 598 roads all over the city, this includes 252 roads in the island city, 158 roads in the eastern suburbs and 188 roads in the western suburbs. The major work involves strengthening of these roads with cement-concrete or asphalt.
SVR Srinivas, additional municipal commissioner in-charge of the roads and traffic department said, “It is not easy to undertake road repairs in a city like Mumbai, which is always on the run. Still, we have been able to complete work within a stipulated time. This kind of massive work will serve as a relief to commuters at least for another five years.” Untimely showers in the first week of March also wrecked the road repair schedules, with repairs coming to a halt in many locations. BMC also expected a 10 per cent escalation in costs for the Rs 600 crore project because of the unexpected showers.
BMC has taken up road trenching works en masse this year with major roads in the city either being concretised or given a new layer of asphalt, or undertaken for laying utility pipes and cables.
Further, heavy machinery and the presence of a huge number of workers is crippling traffic on stretches across CST to Mulund and Churchgate to Dahisar, making it impossible for people to travel without being stuck in a gridlock since December last year.
Meanwhile, data accessed by Newsline also reveals that BMC has spent close to Rs 2,028 crore or 87 per cent of the total allocation of Rs 2,315 for the roads and traffic department in the last fiscal. The amount spent on road repairs has been the highest since 2011, BMC confirmed. The civic body only spent Rs 670 crore or 65 per cent of the total allocation of Rs 1,019 crore made in 2013.