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Death fails to wake up BMC to pothole emergency

The death of a motorist due to a pothole on Western Express Highway two days ago has failed to spur BMC into action.

The death of a motorist due to a pothole on Western Express Highway two days ago has failed to spur BMC into action.

Umesh Shinde of Tata Compound in Andheri was returning home from work on his scooter when he skid. He was rushed to Bhagwati Hospital,where doctors declared him dead on arrival.

More than 1,050 potholes across the city are still awaiting attention of the civic body.

Over 7,180 potholes have been reported on the BMC tracking website since June. Of these,4,412 have been filled,1,057 not attended to and the rest are in various stages of repair.

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Samajwadi Party corporator Raiz Shaikh claimed the number was much higher. “The pothole registry is based on complaints. But only a segment of citizens has access to internet. The common Mumbaikar does not have access to an Android phone.”

Shaikh said GPS data were often inaccurate. He also questioned the pothole criterion.

“Holes larger than 18 sq cm require approval from the chief engineer to repair,which takes up to six days. Since they cost more to repair,administrators put them in a different category.”

BMC chief engineer Dattatraya Dixit said,“Within 48 hours of receiving a complaint,we assign the affected road to the contractor for swift action. Potholes do not necessarily indicate of road quality. Even developed countries that receive much less rain have potholes.”