In an attempt to curb the sub standard work that is done by contractors for road repair, BMC officials decided to survey some of the road repair works being carried out in the city worth crore of rupees.
Not surprisingly, what the officials found was that there was no road sub-base in place as per specifications of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to contractors in one case, while in another, only 10-15% road-filling was done.
The BMC on Monday sampled five roads in areas around Malad, which were constructed at a cost of Rs 15 crore and above.
The contractors reportedly found out about the BMC visit. “They parked dumpers on both sides and dumped debris to prevent the BMC from excavating pits of the roads to take samples. Despite that our officials took the road samples. In the case of the first road (Malad Reservoir Road), where a trial pit was dug, road layers of required thickness were not placed. In the case of Khadakpada Road in Malad (E), only 10-15% of road-filling was done,” said a senior civic official involved in the road scam probe, as reported in a news daily in Mumbai.