Around 158 pothole-prone roads in Mumbai to be fixed by the BMC

This move taken by the BMC comes with an aim to provide a long-term solution to the pothole problems in the city. Officials will seek help of an analysis from an expert agency which will be assigned prepare a detailed project report (DPR).

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Mumbaikars have been complaining about potholes for many years now, and there has been a constant conversation about the BMC not taking necessary action regarding the same. With an aim to provide a long-term solution for this issue, the Municipal Corporation has decided to work on 158 stretches which are prone to potholes. 

The plans involves redesigning the roads and rework thereby offering a long-term solution to the pothole problems in the city. To take necessary steps, officials will rely on the analysis from an expert agency which will prepare a detailed project report (DPR) to study, design and find the solution. The team will be asked to submit a master plan which includes aspects like the utility shifting, gradient, cross-section design, and the drainage plan. The results will help officials find the cause of potholes thereby take necessary steps.

As reported in Hindustan Times, a senior BMC official said the contractors will study the defects before repair to understand the stretches under defect liability period (DLP), post which they will carry out the work during off-peak hours. As of now, 43 out of 158 pothole-ridden roads, are under the DLP. As per recent updates, the tendering of redesigning and reworking of 66 roads has already been processed, and the same will be floated soon for the remaining 49 roads.

Addressing the issue and clearing the misunderstanding citizens have, Municipal commissioner Praveen Pardeshi told the publication, “There is a misunderstanding among citizens that the BMC does a poor job when it comes to road repairs. However, many roads need re-engineering like having proper storm water drains and shifting utilities under footpaths. When these requirements are met, repeated digging of roads can be avoided, which will help maintain the quality of the roads.”

Besides this it is also said that BMC may consider extending the contracts of road maintenance by up to five years as this will allow contractors to maintain the roads for a longer period.

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