Pune: As the continuous rainfall in the city resulted into traffic chaos this week, the members of opposition parties lambasted the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) administration and ruling the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for pothole-ridden roads across the city. They claimed that potholes are the main reason for traffic congestion in the city. On the other hand, the administration has registered around 80 complaints regarding potholes across the city through a helpline number in the last three days.
On Thursday, Congress, Nationalist Congress Party and Shiv Sena raised the issue of potholes during the monthly General Body (GB) meeting of the civic body. As the GB meeting started, the opposition leaders shouted slogans against the administration and the ruling BJP.
Chetan Tupe, opposition party leader of NCP in the corporation, alleged.
“The administration has repaired potholes in only a few wards. And when the members of opposition parties are complaining about potholes, not a single BJP corporator is responding about the issue. This shows that administration has only repaired potholes present in the wards belonging to BJP corporators. Hence we are demanding to repair all potholes in the city as early as possible?”
Sanjay Bhosale, Shiv Sena party leader in the PMC, said, “The corporation should float a tender for repairing the roads. It should also provide details about repairing the roads?”
Aba Bagul, senior Congress corporator, alleged, “The civic body floats tenders for repairing potholes each year. However, they don’t provide any information.” Bagul challenged the administration to show a single road without potholes in the city.
Prithviraj Sutar, senior corporator of Shiv Sena from Kothrud, warned administration and said, “If the corporation does not repair potholes, he will stop the metro work in Kothrud.”
Meanwhile, Aniruddha Pawaskar, Head of Road Department of the corporation, said, “We have started a 24x7 helpline for complaints related to potholes on Monday. We received around 80 complaints from various parts of the city and we have repaired almost all potholes.”
“There are 15 Road Maintenance Vans (RMV) for road repairing in the city. Each ward office has an RMV. After receiving complaints, immediately the van is sent to repair the road promptly,” he added.