Now, road repair onus on ward officers to cut procedural delay

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Now, road repair onus on ward officers to cut procedural delay

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MUMBAI: Always under fire for poor maintenance of roads, the BMC has changed tack and issued a new directive by shifting the responsibility to the 24 ward officers (assistant commissioners) for the upkeep of all major and minor roads, instead of the chief engineer. According to a BMC circular issued on April 5, all maintenance works have been now assigned to the assistant commissioner of all wards, who in-turn shall appoint one road engineer (RE) for every three corporator constituencies. The circular was issued after observing difficulties in carrying out routine upkeep of major roads i.e. lack of manpower, material and machinery with the central agency (chief engineer, roads). "These resources are available with wards. But attending to even petty works was getting delayed inordinately. This is because the resources for these works are with the wards and the chief engineer (roads) has to contact the ward's road engineer to get such work done by utilizing the ward's resources. This caused procedural delay," stated the BMC circular. "Sub-engineers of the ward will be REs, who will monitor all road works, including their existing responsibilities with the help of junior engineers till such time when additional REs are appointed exclusively for road works as per the need of the respective wards," said a civic official. However, all road works in Napean Sea Road, Peddar Road and Marine Drive shall be undertaken by the central Agency (chief engineer, road). May 20 is the deadline to complete all pre-monsoon works.

Date of Article: 
Friday, April 18, 2014
Source: 
The Times of India