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Officials hit the roads for smooth monsoon

PMC ready with list of roads that need repairs.

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 30, 2013 1:20 am

PMC ready with list of roads that need repairs.

As the Pune Municipal Corporation prepares to ban digging of roads,the civic body has prepared a list of roads on priority that needs to be repaired before monsoon.

“The civic body has carried out a survey of roads and has prepared a list of roads that need repair work. The work will be taken up on priority,” said Pramod Nirbhavane,additional city engineer,PMC.

He said the planning for repair of roads is over and the work would begin after the approval of tenders in the standing committee. “PMC plans to take up resurfacing of road work after mid-May,” Nirbhavane said.

When asked about the possible impact on development work due to revenue collection getting affected by abolition of octroi,he said that the civic administration has made budgetary provision for road repair and it will be carried out before monsoon,as planned. Nirbhavane said that the ward offices have been asked to keep a check on illegal digging work in their jurisdiction. “Digging of roads for laying down cables or pipelines will also not be allowed during monsoon after the PMC carries out the road repair work,” he added.

Meanwhile,the PMC has declared new rates for digging of roads for public utilities. Earlier,it decided to charge Rs 2,600 per metre for digging of roads or pavements for public utilities. It was later decreased to Rs 2,100 per metre for Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) after MSEDCL threatened to push the expenditure on consumers by increasing power tariff and stalling work of replacing overhead power cables with underground cable.

Pointing out that special treatment was given to MSEDCL,the Sajag Nagrik Manch urged the civic body to apply the same rule for BSNL for laying their cables.

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