Mumbai’s potholes resonate with Mumbai rains almost like, hell. To inspect the potholes in Mumbai the mayor led officials from municipal body to one of the busiest roads in the city.
On Wednesday, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta had given his team the 48-hour deadline amid calls from several quarters to address the problem which becomes a nightmare every monsoon.
Taking to the Bandra Kurla complex which houses several corporate offices for her inspection, Mayor Snehal Ambekar said, “I have come out on a holiday to inspect the potholes issue troubling our citizens and we are inspecting some of these chronic spots.”
Out on inspection, officials claimed they had fared well. Of 482 potholes counted in the city till July 9, 416 had been attended.
However, Congress party workers will be organising a ‘pothole exhibition’ in the city in a bid to expose the corrupt practises adopted by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) officials while awarding road contracts.
What is the (use of) MCGM spending hundreds of crore on road works if they cannot solve the problem of potholes in the city? The MCGM had recently claimed that Mumbai has only 66 potholes. Thus the idea to bust their claim,” Nitesh told media.
“In a day of our inspection, we found there were more than 450 potholes. So to open the eyes of Mumbaikars and expose the deceit and corruption of people, we have organised a potholes exhibition, where we will display pictures bearing the name of the area they are situated in, plus the corporator representing the area,” he added.
This reporter found a 2 foot long pothole just opposite one of the largest malls in Asia, Phoenix Market City, where motorists find it extremely difficult to maintain their balance on this road. The local residents claim that the lane is so fragile that many potholes reappear in every monsoon.