Five Corporators including one from Shiv Sena, junked their cars and took a train from Goregaon to CSMT to avoid Mumbai’s crater-riddled and jammed roads. Since the roads in Mumbai are in a dangerous condition where the traffic is at a snail’s pace, five corporators of BMC, all from Goregaon, were travelling in Mumbai’s local train to attend the meeting of the civic body. As per a news report in the ‘Mumbai Mirror’, the corporators have swapped their cars with local trains as they believe that the city’s pothole-ridden roads have made their drive from the suburban regions excruciatingly long.
The names of these five corporators are Deepak Thakur (Ward No. 50), Rahul Desai (Ward No. 56), Srikala Pillai (Ward No. 57) and Sandeep Patel (Ward No. 58), and Shiv Sena corporator Swapnil Tembwalkar (Ward No. 51) who travelled from Goregaon to Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) on Thursday to attend the general body meeting of the BMC.
Patel was quoted as saying, “Every time a new IAS officer takes over, the city gets a new technique to repair roads. The cold mix technology has failed, and citizens hold us (corporators) responsible for bad roads.” The report also mentions that another corporator Srikala Pillai has decided to take the train until the rains abate, for which she has taken a monthly pass.
Surprisingly, the Mumbai civic body is led by the Shiv Sena and the Sena corporators themselves seemed to be helpless in addressing the woes of the general public. One of the five corporators, Swapnil Tembwalkar, belongs to the Sena; he has accused the BJP-led state government of the bad condition of the roads, due to the ongoing metro construction work.
The pothole-ridden roads of Mumbai are adding so much to the woes of the citizens that a Mumbaikar has applied to the Guinness World Book Of Records and Limca Book Of Records, in a bid to get global attention.
The Mumbai’s Congress city President Sanjay Nirupam has also started a campaign to show the grim picture of pothole roads to the ruling parties. Sanjay Nirupam, in his recently launched campaign has asked the citizens to click a picture of the potholes and send it to the authority by participating in their Aao_Potholes_Giney_ campaign, which means let’s count the potholes.
Shiv Sena corporator and standing committee member Vishakha Raut said, “We need to fix accountability of senior officials. No one knows what is the scientific composition of cold mix, we need to visit a plant to know its details.”
Additional commissioner Vijay Singhal defended the use of cold mix and said that it was used on an experimental basis last year and was successful. He said “We will continue to use cold mix to repair city’s roads,”