Amid talks of Shiv Sena and Congress moving a no-confidence motion against Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta over the pothole issue, the civic chief has given a fresh deadline of October 17 to officials and engineers to ensure that roads across the city are repaired urgently.
At a meeting with the deputy commissioners and additional commissioners on Friday, Mehta directed the officials to also initiate action against the contractors who had failed in repairing potholes on roads that fall under the defect liability period (DLP) of their contracts.
In the last standing committee meeting on Thursday, Shiv Sena leader Yashodhar Phanse had stated that the party would call for a no-confidence motion against Mehta. Phanse, supported by corporators from all parties, had said the civic chief had failed to repair the potholes in the city despite several reminders, including one from Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
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The committee members had rejected the report submitted by chief engineer of the roads department Sanjay Darade, which did not detail action taken specifically to repair potholes.
In Friday’s meeting, where the ongoing and proposed road works were discussed, Mehta directed the DMCs to fill in the potholes by October 17 for all the roads, including the ones which fall under the DLP category.
He further asked the DMCs to initiate action against the DLP contractors if they fail to repair the potholes within the given deadline. The commissioner has issued directions to repair the potholes if the DLP contractors fail to do so and to take strict action against them, including charging a penalty.
Starting October 17, work is set to begin on 100 roads in the city and the roads department is planning to start work on 300 roads by the end of the month.
By March, the civic body plans to start work on 1,004 roads across the city.
Apart from monitoring the work, Mehta has also asked the DMCs and AMCs to conduct periodic visits to ensure that the work is being completed in time and is of good quality.