Observing that municipal corporations in the state cannot deny that their roads are riddled with potholes, the Bombay High Court Tuesday asked the corporations to come up with redressal mechanisms related to potholes after studying suggestions submitted earlier.
The court further said that if the corporations do not submit their replies by Thursday, it will go ahead and give directions in this matter. “You need to tell us two things. What is the mechanism to monitor the state of roads and what is the remedy available to public in case they spot potholes? You can’t deny that your roads are riddled with potholes,” the HC observed.
The HC also observed that the roads were being dug up indiscriminately.”Who is digging the roads? Who would fill them up?,” asked the court.
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Justices A S Oka and C V Badang were hearing a suo motu (on its own) public interest litigation (PIL) regarding the condition of roads in Mumbai, in which several other petitions were combined concerning the bad condition of eastern and western express highways.
Suggestions related to improving the road lengths were submitted by intervenors Ruju Thakker and Kamal Khata in this matter.
The HC had earlier asked the corporations to consider providing a three-level approach for grievance redressal mechanism related to potholes under which complaints could be lodged through their website, helpline number or through SMS.
The corporations, however, informed the court that they had no instructions in this matter.
The intervention application filed by Thakker had made suggestions like having a long term policy to ensure that the issue of bad roads, potholes, manholes, craters is addressed permanently. It had further said that the existing potholes should be repaired by using the most effective technology and material.
“Both Centre and state can help in evolving a scheme to ensure this is done prior to the monsoon season,” stated the intervention application.