Blame game over bad roads: Start repairs, BMC tells PWD

  • | Thursday | 21st September, 2023

Bhopal: Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner has written a letter to Public Works Department (PWD) chief engineer citing the need to repair roads maintained by PWD. The repair work of city roads is top notch priority, said BMC commissioner Frank Nobel in a high-level meeting of the civic body officials. Most of the main roads in Bhopal city are under the PWD. BMC caters to the maintenance of VIP road, Boat Club and 25 km of the BRTS corridor. In the last few years, both PWD and BMC have come out publicly lamenting the poor condition of the roads. For its part, PWD blames the BMC for digging its roads for infrastructure development works, and holds the civic body responsible for the repairs. A ward-wise plan has been formulated for repair of roads. However, even in a public tender issued by BMC earlier this month, specifics of locations to be repaired was missing. The BMC commissioner also reviewed traffic routes for movement of VIPs and the ongoing Ganesh Utsav. He gave instructions to arrange the routes of the procession and immersion ghats and repair of the roads on the approach routes. Nobel also gave instructions to complete the works sanctioned from the funds of MP, MLA and corporators without delay. Nobel had called for a meeting of the officials of the civil works wing of the BMC. Officials were instructed to to immediately submit proposals related to renovation works, filling potholes among other necessary repair works on priority basis. Nobel also gave instructions to prioritise the works in VIP movement areas. Repair of BRTS corridor was also deliberated.We also published the following articles recentlyShopkeepers fret as rain disrupts road repair workShopkeepers in the Model Town gole market in Ludhiana were frustrated as heavy rainfall delayed the road reconstruction work that had finally been initiated. The shopkeepers expressed concerns that the work being done during the rain would affect the durability of the road. The Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) chairman assured that the authorities would ensure timely and quality repair work. This road repair work had become a major issue after an activist filed a complaint with the Punjab State Human Rights Commission. The LIT blamed the weather for the delay in the work.PWD takes up repair of cratered Belgharia flyoverThe Public Works Department (PWD) in Kolkata has begun repairing the heavily potholed Belgharia flyover, which has been causing traffic congestion and accidents. The repair work started after a news report highlighted the poor condition of the flyover, which had worsened due to heavy rains. The massive potholes, some of which were filled with water, were affecting traffic movement and posing a risk to commuters. The repair work has brought relief to the commuters who frequently use the flyover.KCB to repair roads after residents plaints pour inThe Khadki Cantonment Board in Pune has decided to repair all roads under its jurisdiction following complaints from residents. The board has finalized a tender of Rs2 crore for the repair work. The roads in the area are heavily used by industrial traffic, causing congestion and deterioration. Some commuters have raised questions about the efficiency of the cantonment authorities in maintaining the roads. Similar issues have been reported in Ludhiana and Bhopal, where heavy rainfall and shoddy repair work have caused road problems. In Bihar, the Chief Minister has instructed the rural works department to ensure proper road maintenance.

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