The heavy rains that lashed the city in the past week have resulted in a phenomenal 250 per cent increase in the number of craters as compared to last year. According to data accessed by The Indian Express, a total of 366 craters were recorded by June 24 last year in comparison to 921 craters recorded till Wednesday afternoon, this year.
According to the data, of the 921 potholes, over 430 were recorded on Friday, June 19, the day the city came to a standstill owing to very heavy downpours. BMC has till date repaired only 311 potholes. According to the officials, the city, which received more than 280 mm rainfall on Friday alone, has got more than 40 per cent of the rainfall it normally receives, during the four months of monsoon.
“More than 30 per cent of the craters recorded on the pothole-tracking website http://www.voiceofcitizen.com are on newly-constructed roads in the city,” said a source, who did not want to be named. According to the website, the maximum number of potholes have been recorded in the western suburbs, especially Andheri, which has recorded 81 potholes till June 24.
Residents have complained of huge craters seen on Eastern Express and Western Express Highway, Hindmata flyover, Sion flyover, at Dadar TT, the Mankhurd or Ghatkopar link road among several other places, leading to huge traffic snarls.
Ironically, BMC had undertaken a massive exercise of repairing more than 800 roads between in the last six months by spending more than Rs 2,000 crore, assuring Mumbaikars of a “comfortable ride this monsoon.” Nikhil Desai, a citizen activist from Matunga, said, “BMC cannot give excuses that excessive rain resulted in more potholes. This just shows that the civic body is completely unprepared for monsoons this year. They do not even have the mechanism to fill-up huge craters.”
A senior civic official from BMC said, “The intensity of rains has been huge this year resulting in a large number of craters on the roads. However, most of the roads are in the defect liability period (DLP), where the contractors are responsible for filling-up the craters.”
A DLP is the minimum time-period given to contractors wherein they are given responsibility for the repair and maintenance of the roads.