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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

CRATER MUMBAI Road plans good only on paper: HC BMC Presents Measures For Good Stretches

Mumbai: Trying to cover up for its shoddy job so far, the BMC on Tuesday told the Bombay high court that it is working towards utility mapping and coordinated placement of underground cables to ensure conditions of roads did not suffer in future. 
    The BMC explained its proposals to the HC, which took a suo motu cognizance of potholed stretches in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai. "Your paperwork is good but results are not there," the HC told the civic body. 
    Highways leading to Mumbai were excellent but one realizes "you have entered the municipal limits by looking at the condition of the roads", a division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sanklecha observed. "All of us want proper roads. Property prices are so high, people cannot afford to buy flats in south Mumbai. They stay far away and commute the distance. Roads are the arteries of a city. If you give good roads, people don't mind staying 50km away," said Justice 

Shah, adding that good roads cut down on commute time. 
    Defending the civic body, municipal commissioner Sitaram Kumar claimed that indiscriminate digging of roads to lay underground cables for services such as phone, water, gas, electricity and petroleum led to potholes. "We have 1,941 km roads in Mumbai and every year, we have to allow digging of 400-450km, either to lay cables or repair them," he said. When the judges asked if the ducts could be laid in such a way that roads did not have to be dug up every time service providers had to work on cables, Kunte said they had come up with two measures that might solve the problem-—utility mapping and coordinated placement of utility cables. "We are working on a road map. Once we get our hand on the utility problem it will be an enduring solution," said Kunte. 
The judges asked what civic bodies across the world did to maintain roads. "There is coordinated placement of utilities. Whichever city manages utilities properly, has cut down on digging," said Kunte. 
    The judges also questioned why all agencies, such as MSRDC and MMRDA, could not jointly award road contracts. But MMRDA commissioner U P S Madan said the agencies worked under individual boards and the BMC under the Standing Committee. 
    While state principal secretary Shrikant Singh blamed improper draining of water for asphalt stretches not stabilizing, Advocate General Darius Khambata said there was no agreement on the technology to surface different roads. 
    The HC added Mira-Bhayander and Vasai-Virar civic bodies as party to the case and directed the BMC, TMC and NMMC to submit their action plans at the next hearing on September 5.



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