Mumbai pothole pains: Facing heat from politicians and residents, civic chief takes stock

Ajoy Mehta visits south Mumbai, Dadar, Mahim, orders urgent action on major junctions.

| Mumbai | Published: July 6, 2016 1:36 am
 MUMBAI, MUMBAI NEWS, MUMBAI POTHOLES, potholes in mumbai, mumbai waterlogging, ajoy mehta, bmc, congress, mumbai congress, indian express news Residents have claimed there could be more than 1,000 potholes across the city .

After facing flak over potholes across the city, civic chief Ajoy Mehta visited some of areas to take stock of the situation and directed civic officials to fill the potholes quickly without compromising on the quality of work.

According to the BMC, 320 potholes complaints have been registered since June 28. Out of 320, only 50 complaints have not been attended to.

Residents have rejected the civic body’s claim of fewer potholes this year, saying there could be more than 1,000 potholes across the city.

On Tuesday, Mehta visited roads such as Ganpatrao Kadam Road in Lower Parel, Lady Jamshedji Road in Mahim, Five Gardens and Mancharji Joshi Marg in Parsi Colony in Dadar and Ramji Kamani Marg in Fort.

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“The ward officials have been told to fill the potholes immediately and ensure it is done in a proper way. Also, they have been asked to fill potholes on junctions on priority basis. It is to ensure smooth traffic flow,” said a senior official. Mehta’s visit comes after criticism by citizens and MNS corporator Sandeep Deshpande’s threat to kidnap a BMC officer for not repairing the potholes in Dadar area.

Opposition parties have slammed the BMC for its complete failure in the pothole-filling mechanism. The Mumbai unit of Congress has started an online photo campaign called ‘Bol Mere Pothole Bol’ to show the number of potholes to the civic body, alleging it is trying to downplay the figures.

“There are potholes everywhere in the city. We had no option but to start such a movement to wake up the civic body,” said Sanjay Nirupam, president of Mumbai Congress unit.

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