Report shows most potholes in Mumbai's Western suburbs

Report shows most potholes in Mumbai's Western suburbs

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), on Thursday, September 29, 2022, released the outcome of a report showcasing on the worst potholed roads in Mumbai. It has been mentioned that the roads in the western suburbs have more potholes. Following this, a direction was given by the Bombay High Court (HC) this week asking the civic body to work on the identified 20 adversely affected roads.

Furthermore, the court had asked the concerned officials to provide a roadmap and layout of these roads. A total of ten main points have been identified in the western suburbs at Borivali, Malad and Aarey Milk Colony. Two roads are listed in Kherwadi Road in Bandra (East) and Appasaheb Sidhe Road in Borivali (East). Moreveor, Western Express Highway (WEH) and Eastern Express Highway (EEH) have been identified along with SV Road and Link Road.

In the eastern suburbs, five roads namely Sonapur Lane, Village Road and Darga Road in Bhandup (West), MN Road in Kurla (West) and DP Road No. 9 in Powai are also included in the list.

When asked about the factors that determine the classification of worst roads, Chief Engineer of Road, said, "We focused on areas where the foundation is weak which causes frequent potholes and cannot be repaired by resurfacing."  The municipality's solution is not resurfacing but reconstruction of the entire road with proper design and concreting, which will be done holistically with proper storm water drain augmentation. 

Adding more, he said, “The design will ensure that the top surface is concretized with layers below. The water will flow down through the storm water drain. After this work is completed, people will not have to worry about potholes on these roads for the next 20 years. We are yet to determine the price."

Officials have confirmed that the roads under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation will be taken up immediately. The municipality have also been asked to to pay attention to the roads connecting to the link road. Along with WEH and EEH, the BMC is planning to take over control from the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) after the government resolution is passed.

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