Mumbai civic body to start repair work on 1,343 roads, in October 2018

[] With accidents caused by bad roads claiming several lives in the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has said that it will start repair work on 1,343 roads, spanning 507 kms, after the monsoons

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will be starting the reconstruction and resurfacing work on 1,343 roads of 507 kms in length, from October, a civic official said, on September 5, 2018. The works would be carried out in phases. “The tendering process for 624 works for 202.31-km roads, has already begun,” the official said. He said the remaining 719 works for roads admeasuring 305.08 kms, would start in the subsequent stage.

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“These works will begin after the monsoon gets over,” the official said.

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He said tendering process for 62 new road works that need urgent attention, is already underway. These works will be awarded next month. Of these 62 road works, 15 roads are located each in the island city and eastern suburbs, while rest are in the western suburbs. The official said a new mechanism is being finalised, to ensure that quality is maintained. “We have taken a slew of measures, to fix the accountability on the contractors. We will ensure that there would be no irregularities. The vigilance department of the civic body will also play its role,” he said.

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There will be a defect liability period of three years, he said. A defect liability period is a set period of time after a construction project has been completed, during which a contractor has the right to return to the site, to remedy defects. The assurance came against the backdrop of a road repair scam that had come to light in 2015 and surfacing of potholes. Many people had died in various parts of the city and the extended suburbs, in accidents caused by pockmarked roads.

A total of 180 engineers were indicted, in the two-phase enquiry conducted by the civic body and six of them were dismissed from the service earlier this year. The civic body has set a budget of Rs 1,508 crores, for the entire resurfacing and reconstruction works, the official said. He said the BMC had completed the works on 552 kms of roads during October 1, 2016 to May 2018.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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