Demonetisation: Ongoing road works slow down in Mumbai

Contractors find it tough to pay daily wage workers.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: November 24, 2016 1:31 am

Despite the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) intention to start the road works in the city ahead of schedule, due to the demonetisation contractors are having a tough time accumulating money to pay the daily wage labourers.

A senior official stated that in the past couple of weeks, the road work has considerably slowed down in various parts of the city. “The demonetisation has certainly affected the ongoing road works across the city mainly because the contractor is not able to pay the labourers who have to be paid everyday. Since the contractors are running short of cash and are not able to pay, the labourers are not turning up at work any more,” said an official.

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However, the official added that with the introduction of certain relaxations, the limit on withdrawals has been increased. “With revised rules, some relief has been granted in terms of withdrawal of money. We hope that things will be normalised and that work can be back on track within the next few weeks,” said the official.

According to civic chief Ajoy Mehta’s directions, all the contractors have been asked to put up barricades with their names as well as the dates of the start and completion of work. Mehta has also directed the zonal deputy commissioners to conduct surprise visits on road works. They will inspect the quality and speed of work and report any deficiencies found to the roads department for appropriate action.

Currently, work is underway on 305 roads in the city of which 83 fall in the island city, 88 in the eastern suburbs and 134 in western suburbs. The major roads include Dr BA Road, GD Ambekar road, NC Kelkar road, Siddivinayak Chowk, Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link road, SV road and Veera Desai Road, among others.

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    Nov 24, 2016 at 2:55 am
    The roads of Mumbai are in shambleslt;br/gt;The citizens must rise and register a strong protest to BMC lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;People own and like to drive BMW , Volvo, Audi, Mini cooper, jags and porsche ,which is admirable but why are they so pive when it comes to the roads in Mumbai and keep silent lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;They have money power to own expensive cars but when it comes to enjoying smooth ride on good clean roads they become "napunsak" as they are afraid of the so called ' dadas' ruling the BMClt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Lets fight these 'dadas' unitedly and let them see we can be their ' dadas' lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The road construction is in hand of few syndicates who are close to these ' dadas'lt;br/gt;Lets get them too and break this nexuslt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Time has come to be fearless and not care only our self interest by running away and saying ' is country mein kuch nahin sudar sakta hai" This " chlate hai" atude must be given up