potholes claimed one victim in
Bhiwandi and injured two, CM
Devendra Fadnavis came to the defence of the BMC ruled by the
Shiv Sena and claimed the number of potholes in Mumbai during monsoon had reduced drastically. He also said the BMC now uses the upgraded cold mix technology to fill potholes in the rains.
On Tuesday, an overloaded truck that lost control owing to potholes in Bhiwandi fell on an autorickshaw, killing one commuter, Hashim Shaikh, 45, and injuring two others. Replying to a starred question by BJP legislator
Santosh Danve, son of BJP state chief Raosaheb Danve, Fadnavis claimed that in the last four years, the number of potholes had drastically reduced.
“There were 14,455 potholes recorded in 2014-15, while in 2015-16 the number came down to 5,316. In 2016-17 it reduced further to 4,478 and in 2017-18 there were only 4,044 potholes,” he said. Fadnavis clarified that the new cold mix technology was being used as an experiment by the BMC to fill potholes during the monsoon, and the outcome would be seen later. He said the BMC had invited tenders for works of about Rs90 crore, but Rs9 crore was earmarked for filling potholes while the rest was to be used for other purposes like resurfacing roads and other such works.
“Out of a total 1,140km of roads, 1190km are asphalt, 605km roads are under the defect liability period (DLP), and 650km roads are out of DLP and are being repaired by the BMC. However, high intensity of rainfall leads to potholes,” the CM said. He said the state will instruct the BMC to coordinate with experts from IIT Mumbai for use of better technology in filling potholes and road construction.
When Congress’s Nasim Khan alleged corruption in ward-level road contracts, Fadnavis told him, “Come with a specific complaint, the state can order an inquiry.