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BMC chief seeks stormwater drain work review

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The Times of India        05.12.2017  

BMC chief seeks stormwater drain work review

BMC headquarters.
MUMBAI: Suspecting yet another scam in the civic stormwater drain (SWD) department, municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta has ordered a review of its around 100 works currently being carried out across the city.

At last week's monthly review meeting, Mehta was shocked to find that stormwater drain works were proposed on the road opposite Bombay High Court, on P J Ramchandani Marg near The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and near Eros cinema though these areas do not get waterlogged. He also pointed out that the surrounding areas have never been flooded even on heavy rain days. "There is no reason to take up stormwater drain works in areas where there has been no flooding or even in their peripheral areas," said Mehta. "Therefore, I have asked for the works to be reviewed immediately." The BMC chief has sought the review report within a week.

It is pertinent to note that the cost of digging and re-laying roads for stormwater drains is much higher compared to regular road work.

SP leader in the BMC Rais Shaikh said he was not surprised as in his ward itself, SWD work has been proposed near Claire Road in Byculla though there is no need for the same. "The department, in a rush to use the proposed funds, proposes work even in areas where not required, thereby disrupting traffic movement," claimed Shaikh, adding that 'such unnecessary road works only inconvenience citizens'.

After suspending engineers, BBMP to go after contractors

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The Hindu      10.11.2017 

After suspending engineers, BBMP to go after contractors

A pothole on Mudaliar Road near Shivajinagar bus stand.Sudhakara JainSudhakara Jain  

Mayor says civic officials will inspect quality of work after potholes are filled

In the process of making Bengaluru’s roads motorable again, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has cracked the whip on its own. As many as four engineers have been suspended in two days after the deadline set by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to get rid of potholes ended. Next in the firing line are contractors.

Though complaints of potholes dominate, there have also been a large number of complaints of shoddily done pothole-filling work.

Mayor R. Sampath Raj said the palike is prioritising filling up potholes, after which it will set its sights on the quality of work. “As of now, of the around 30,000 potholes, at least 28,000 have been filled. Work to fill potholes is still on. After we complete this, we will start inspecting the quality of work. If it is not satisfactory, action will be taken against the contractors,” he said.

The BBMP had recently published a list of contractors with their contact numbers. These were contractors who were still liable for repairs under the maintenance period, during which they bear the cost of repair as well. Now, BBMP Commissioner N. Manjunath Prasad has sought a report on the roads which still have potholes after the deadline — which got four engineers suspended — and if they are under the maintenance period.

“If a particular road is under the maintenance period and if there is no work done or the work done is shoddy, it is the responsibility of the local engineer to get it done by the contractor, who is also held responsible. If the maintenance work on a particular road is over, then the engineer is responsible completely to get it laid or repaired. Prima facie, we have taken action against engineers of wards where roads still have potholes despite repeated instructions to have them removed,” Mr. Prasad said.

He added that if the roads were under the maintenance period, show cause notices will be issued to the contractors. “We will also confiscate the security deposit and blacklist them,” he said. In 2015, the BBMP had blacklisted 40 contractors for shoddy work.

As of now, of the around 30,000 potholes, at least 28,000 have been filled

R. Sampath Raj



GHMC slaps Rs. 50,000 penalty on builder

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The Hindu       18.08.2017  

GHMC slaps Rs. 50,000 penalty on builder

After levying Rs. 8 lakh penalty on a builder for pumping out the cellar seepage onto the roads, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), on Thursday, slapped a fine of Rs. 50,000 again on another construction company for the same offence.

The builder, AMR Constructions, owning the property on plot numbers 308 and 309 on Road No. 25, Jubilee Hills, was allegedly letting out water from the building onto the roads, damaging the BT road.

The violation was apparently noticed by Minister K.T. Rama Rao and Mayor Bonthu Ram Mohan who were travelling that way on Thursday.

They directed the deputy commissioner concerned to intiate action, who inspected the spot and estimated the damage at Rs. 50,000.

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