Mumbai: In Mumbai, out of the Rs 400 crore spent by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), almost half of the sum has been spent on pothole repairs. Yet, there is no respite for the commuters with almost 30,000 potholes reported on Mumbai roads this year alone. Everytime the potholes are repaired in Mumbai, the people in the city either find that the repairs have been poorly done or that they have not been done at all.
This year too, the civic body is set to spend over Rs 900 crore. The BMC in the last five years has spent over Rs 400 crore on roads and over Rs 170 crore has been spent only on pothole repairs. Reports also show that the civic body has tested over seven new technologies for road improvement and pothole repairs. But with the commuters always complaining, it seems the condition of the roads doesn’t change much despite all the efforts.
The other problem that the BMC faces is that none of the reputed companies want to take up the contract of repairing roads and potholes. For the past two decades, the same companies have been repairing the roads of Mumbai. "We are trying to convince bigger companies to come and repair the roads," says Mayor Sunil Prabhu.