Corporators across party lines on Thursday came down on the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) administration over a large number of potholes on city roads. They alleged a large-scale corruption in road works, and asked who authorised the use of cold mix technology to fill potholes and on what basis?

The BMC’s poor preparations for the monsoon dominated the discussion at the general assembly. Leader of Opposition Ravi Raja moved a motion for a debate, which was supported by all political parties.

“This monsoon has once again washed away hundreds of crores of rupees spent by the civic body on pre-monsoon road repairs. It is filling contractors’ coffers while Mumbaikars are facing hardships on roads. This is a loot of taxpayers’ money,” Mr. Raja said.

“Every new IAS officer experiments with ideas on Mumbai. We allow them hoping that the next new idea will work. Now the buzzword is cold mix. Who selected this technology and on what basis?” Manoj Kotak, BJP leader, said.

Shiv Sena leader Yashwant Jadhav said the administration must address the issue of potholes within 24 hours.

Additional Municipal Commissioner Vijay Singhal assured the House that all pothole complaints will be addressed in 48 hours. He also assured that the BMC will file police complaints against contractors if they fail to fill the potholes.

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