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Chetna Yerunkar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai: Starting October 1, the civic body will repair and reconstruct around 350km of roads across the city
at an approximate cost of Rs2,000 crore. This will be first major project taken up after last year’s road scam. A police investigation against the contractors and civic officials is currently underway.
As many as 891 roads in the island city, western and eastern suburbs will be taken up for reconstruction and repairs, including concrete and asphalt work. For the first time, 120 traffic junctions will be the BMC’s primary focus.
After the road scam was unearthed, civic chief Ajoy Mehta took several steps to prevent shoddy work by contractors. This includes a revision in contract conditions to ensure contractors do not cheat and individuals are held responsible for shoddy work. Further, a standard operating procedure has been issued for civic officials to monitor road construction work to maintain quality, said senior civic officials.
“We have already initiated action against those found responsible for irregularities. It should send a clear signal to everybody that we are taking the road work seriously and quality construction is expected,” said Mehta.
A majority of the 891 roads will be from the western suburbs – 403 roads and 45 junctions will be taken up from Bandra to Dahisar. BMC officials said 204 roads and 52 junctions will be taken up in the island city and 284 roads and 25 junctions in the eastern suburbs.
For the first time, the civic body is also paying special attention to traffic junctions. More than 120 traffic junctions will be repaired and rebuilt. “At most of these junctions, the road was surfaced with paver blocks, which meant the road was either uneven or there were potholes badly affecting traffic.