Mumbai roads will be pothole-free in 2 years: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde vowed that roads in Mumbai will be pothole-free in two years.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde (Photo: File)

Roads in Mumbai will become free from potholes within two years, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said in a review meeting on Saturday. Eknath Shinde ordered that while the potholes are being attended to, the traffic in the city should remain smooth.

“Today I held a meeting which was attended by Mumbai Municipal Commissioner and MLAs. It has been discussed that potholes will be filled using the Geopolymer technique. Instructions have been given to fill potholes immediately,” Maharashtra chief minister was quoted by ANI as saying.

“Laying of cement concrete roads on 236 km of roads is currently underway and 400 km work has been proposed. In 2023-2024, cement concreting work on another 423 km road will be taken up. New cement roads in Mumbai will have cesspits at regular intervals for water drainage,” Shinde said.

During the cement concreting of the roads, drainage ditches will also be created at regular intervals to avoid floods during the monsoon.

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WORK ON CEMENT CONCRETING ROADS BEING DONE

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal made a presentation in the meeting and informed that the work on cement concreting roads was being done in phases in Mumbai.

“Cement concreting of about 989.84 km long roads in Mumbai Municipal Corporation area has been completed so far. Cement concreting has been speeded up to improve the rest of the roads. Because the amount of potholes due to rain on cement concreting roads is very less which reduces the cost of maintenance,” Iqbal Singh Chahal said.

“In the year 2022-2023, cement concreting work of 236.58 long roads is going on and Rs 2,200 crores is being spent on it. Work on another 400 km long road has also been proposed this year. The municipal administration also intends to undertake the cement concreting of the remaining 423.51 km long roads in the year 2023-2024,” BMC commissioner said.

CCTV cameras installed on the roads will also be connected to the emergency management room of the Municipal Corporation and the offices of Chief Engineer (Roads), Deputy Chief Engineer (Roads) for the administration to directly monitor these roads.

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