Ganesh mandals asked to keep aside funds for filling potholes

BMC had set August 25 as the deadline for its roads department and other state agencies to fix potholes on the roads used for transporting Ganpati idols.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: August 27, 2013 1:35 am

With the civic body failing to meet its deadline to fix potholes,the Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvaya Samiti (BSGSS) has appealed to Ganpati mandals in the city to reserve funds for repairing roads in their localities.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had set August 25 as the deadline for its roads department and other state agencies to fix potholes on the roads used for transporting Ganpati idols.

“We have asked mandals across the city to survey the condition of roads leading to the waterbody in their area three days before the immersion. Mandals should reserve funds from their budget in case of exigencies. We have asked them to use this fund for repairing potholes,” said BSGSS convenor Naresh Dahibhavkar.

According to the civic pothole tracking website — http://www.voiceofcitizen.com — as of Monday evening,of the 29,252 potholes reported since the start of monsoon,around 550 were yet to be repaired. In three months of rains,the number of potholes reported this year has already exceeded the number reported the whole of last year,which was approximately 25,000.

The highest number of potholes — 1,413 — were reported from P North (Malad) ward,followed by L ward (Kurla),where 1,249 craters were reported.

Additional municipal commissioner SVR Srinivas said the corporation would not let the situation arise where mandals have to shell out money for filling potholes.

“Ninety-five per cent of the routes used for transporting idols have been repaired. There are a few left and work will be over before the festival begins. If the mandals are keen to repair potholes,perhaps they should follow the compulsory guidelines for setting up pandals to avoid creating potholes,” Srinivas said.

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