The civic body might have been claiming that its new pothole tracking software has improved the condition of city roads this monsoon but the Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshutsav Samanvay Samiti cites the presence of over 2,300 potholes. These potholes have been recorded on roads meant for arrival and immersion of Ganesha idols by major mandals.
Samiti chairman Naresh Dahibawkar said the roads are pockmarked with potholes like every year and the BMC should fill them up prior to commencement of the festival on September 19. Till now,we have identified about 2,300 potholes which can damage Ganesha idols as they are taken to the mandals or for immersion. The civic commissioner has assured us full co-operation.
Municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte has directed both the central agency as well as the assistant commissioners of each ward to fix the potholes at the earliest.
The samiti has also sought relaxation of silence zone regulations around schools and hospitals during the festival period. According to it,there are at least 800 schools near Ganesh mandals,We have asked them to relax the norms on the festival days,as the schools are shut anyway. Secondly,there are over 2,000 silence zones in the city and it spoils the festival spirit if religious songs cannot be played on the loudspeaker, Dahibawkar said.
It has also requested the state government to provide CCTV cameras to monitor crowd outside mandals,We can manage the security inside mandals but in cases like Lal Baug Raja the crowd outside the mandal are huge.
Following the Pune blasts,we have asked the Chief Minister to provide us with some security. In August last year,the state government had promised to provide CCTV cameras but it has not been kept.
Dahibawkar said most mandals had agreed to restrict the height of their idols to 18 ft except for 14 mandals,including the Ganesh Galli mandal of Lalbaug that usually has a 22-ft-tall idol. We are holding negotiations with these mandals, he said.