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Civic site gets 1,000 pothole hits in 3 days

it’s raining complaints: BMC says wet weekend hampered repair

Written by Alison Saldanha | Mumbai | Published: June 18, 2013 3:31:10 am

In two days of heavy rain,over 900 potholes have been reported by citizens on the civic pothole-tracking website http://www.voiceofcitizen.com. The jump in the number of pothole complaints reported lays bare the poor quality road construction and repair work carried out by BMC during the rest of the year.

As of Monday,1,049 complaints were registered on the portal while a measly 22 potholes had been covered. This is in comparison to the 93 complaints registered last week till Friday evening — of which merely two were repaired.

Of the total complaints,675 were registered for roads under the civic roads department (central agency) and 274 for roads under the 24 local ward offices’ jurisdiction. As many as 83 were reported for roads under BMC’s other agencies while 22 were reported on roads that are not under the civic body’s purview.

On Monday,617 complaints were registered. The city recorded 150.3 mm rain during the day. On Saturday,50.1 mm of rainfall was recorded at the India Meteorological Department’s Colaba weather station and 43.4 mm of rainfall at the Santacruz station. Twenty potholes were reported then.

On Sunday,the Colaba weather station recorded 208 mm of rain while the Santacruz weather station recorded 151.2mm. During the day,319 more potholes were recorded.

“No pothole-filling work could be carried out as it rained throughout the weekend. We have planned to fix 334 potholes. The contractors will begin covering them as soon as there is a dry spell,” said chief engineer of the civic roads department,Dattaray Dixit.

Till Monday,in just a week of the monsoon arriving in Mumbai,the city had received 20.8 per cent of its average annual rainfall.

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