POINTING out that Mumbaikars suffer owing to potholed roads every monsoon, the Bombay High Court Tuesday said it hoped the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) would ensure potholes are repaired on an urgent basis this year.
A division bench of Justice V M Kanade and Justice M S Karnik was hearing a suo motu PIL taken up on the issue of potholes following a letter written by high court judge Gautam Patel on May 20 last year.
“The city faces the problems of potholes every monsoon. Various agencies dig roads but do not restore them. Mumbaikars suffer silently and ignore traffic jams and potholes,” said the HC.
During an earlier hearing, the court had asked the state, municipal corporations and councils to create websites for citizens to upload photos of roads and to track complaints. All agencies had been asked to create four methods to receive complaints — in writing at designated centres, through dedicated toll free numbers, a website and through text messages.
Appearing for the BMC, senior counsel Anil Sakhare informed the court that while the website started for citizens to complain had been shut down owing to technical problems, people could instead file complaints on the Facebook page of the BMC, in operation since March 30.
“Road repair works are being carried out. Major roads will be repaired by May 30,” he said.
The court pointed out that technology had advanced, and potholes could be repaired overnight.
The court also appointed advocate Jamshed Mistry to appear as amicus curiae (friend of the court) on the next date and give recommendations to the court. The matter has been posted for hearing in June and the BMC is directed to file a compliance report on the steps taken to ensure setting up of a redressal mechanism.
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