The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to resurface 33 bridges 22 owned by it and 11 owned by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) before monsoon this year. The civic administration,which has allocated Rs 22 crore for the project,has also agreed to take over the maintenance of 11 MMRDA flyovers.
Assistant municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta said,The bridges see heavy traffic and commuters face severe problems owing to potholes during monsoon. We will resurface bridges that were in bad condition last year. We have decided to take up MMRDAs bridges,too.
The BMCs standing technical advisory committee (STAC) had,in its report three years ago,deemed 34 of the 57 bridges in the city highly dangerous. With the civic body taking up the maintenance of MMRDA flyovers,only Eastern Express Highway and Western Express Highway among major highways will be outside the formers purview.
Gupta said,After most roads and bridges are given to for maintenance,the blame game over disrepair of these bridges will stop. One authority will be responsible for the condition of roads and flyovers.
The civic body has invited tenders for repair of these bridges and the proposal will be tabled before the new standing committee this month. The cost of resurfacing would be Rs 1 crore a bridge. The BMC currently maintains 14 flyovers and 37 railway overbridges. The civic administration also spends Rs 40 crore every year on pothole repairs.
The bridges at Sion Junction,Hindmata Thakur Complex,Malad Junction,Navghar Junction,Dindoshi Junction,Kings Circle,Lalbaug Barfiwala and Suman Nagar flyover are among those to be handed over to BMC for maintenance.