NMMC is spending lakhs on the appointment of consultants and engineers for proper civic works however, the lack of seriousness on part of the consultants, contractors and above all, the civic engineers is clearly evident from the manner in which the utility ducts were planned on Palm Beach Road at Arenja corner.
The bigger question which now arises is what kind of planning was done and who inspected these projects?
Due to the lack of duct at initial stage, a heavy MSEDC cable is lying on the road and is being moved to a second duct opening, which is at least 5km away, using a crane.
“The contractor who constructed the road near Arenja corner has not bothered to keep duct at initial stage though NMMC’s duct policy mandates for the same. There has been no observation and monitoring when the project was executed and the result is evident as the cable is lying on the road and has to be taken 5-km from the starting point using crane,” pointed out social activist Bharat Samant.
Samant has raised the matter with civic administration and demanded that there should be two city engineers for each zone so that proper monitoring work is done.
“My request to new commissioner Tukaram Mundhe is to appoint two city engineers for Zone 1 and 2 for satellite city for better quality monitoring. The contractor has gone ahead with the work and today if the cable is to be laid again road digging has to be done. This is nothing but wastage of public exchequer,” said Samant.
RTI activist from Belapur Sudhir Dani, too had pointed out at the requirement of having ducts along side concretised road. “The Navi Mumbai civic body had confirmed that they have a duct policy to avoid frequent digging of roads. The total length of roads in satellite city is 505.16kms and the provision for duct is complete on 65.47km roads,” pointed out Dani. He said if provision for utiltity duct policy is strictly implemented, then there will be no frequent digging. Similar is the situation in Cidco or NMMC areas, he said.
A civic official, on the condition of anonymity, said, “We had asked utility companies to submit their digging plans, but we did not receive desired response. There has to be coordination. Otherwise we will construct roads and others will keep on digging.”