Mumbai: Heavy rains in Mumbai have washed away the tall claims of civic agencies. Almost Rs 80 crore have been spent on de-silting and repairing potholes, but Mumbaikars say that is money washed down the drain, quite literally.
The exasperated Mumbaikars are asking why crores of rupees of their tax money is literally washed down the drain, as the monsoon mayhem left road and train tracks waterlogged, and thousands stranded for hours when the city stood still.
The BMC, with a budget that is more than that of some states, spent over Rs 50 crore in 2012 alone in the de-silting of drains, and over Rs 26 crore to fix the potholes on the roads. The BMC also increased its road budget by a whopping 102 per cent.
As many as 110 pumps were deployed at chronic flooding spots in the city despite that there was knee length water at most of the places as a result of incomplete de-silting work.
However, the Shiv Sena, which has lorded over the BMC for close to four decades and the Congress-NCP, ruling the state since for over a decade, simply pass the buck.
New technologies have been used spending crores of rupees to fill potholes, but they unravel in no time at all.
Despite sustained allegations of irregularities in awarding contracts and the criminally shoddy work done across the roads, the contractors are seldom blacklisted.