Newly-appointed BJP Mumbai president Ashish Shelar has sought a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe pothole repair and desilting of nallahs in the city.
Rather than an audit on the quality of pothole repair,a performance based review of road contractors would be a more effective way to tackle the nexus between the civic administration and contractors, said Shelar.
He also demanded the civic body provide a white paper on the desilting work carried out on Mithi river and nallahs in Mumbai. There is no dedicated landfill for depositing silt,so we do not know if they are actually removing the silt and transporting it to the contracted dumping ground. The civic administration should provide details on how much silt from which nallah has been collected and been transported to the dumping grounds, said Shelar.
To ensure residents of flood prone areas are not troubled during the monsoon,Shelar has suggested BMC provide an extra 0.5 FSI for buildings. Through GIS mapping the civic body has information on all structures in low-lying areas so permission for redevelopment can be given accordingly. This is necessary as these areas get inundated, he said.
Shelar also suggested that BMC integrate redevelopment of dilapidated buildings as an integral part of the upcoming Development Plan. Instead of looking for ways to plan eco-friendly growth in the city,the civic body should concentrate on redeveloping old and dilapidated buildings which can be built higher – a more environment-friendly method, said Shelar.