One of the many cratered roads in the city
Mayor Sovan Chatterjee on Wednesday asked government agencies and departments reponsible for the upkeep of major roads in the city to repair the damaged thoroughfares by September 30.
Sources said Chatterjee set the “deadline” at a meeting with the agencies, which had been evasive on the issue at earlier meetings with the municipal commissioner.
With only 37 days left for Puja, the repairs will be patchwork that will not last beyond a couple of months.
“Officials from the PWD, CMDA, Calcutta Port Trust and Rail Vikas Nigam Limited attended the meeting. They assured us that the roads would be repaired by Puja. The agencies will do patchwork and thorough repairs will be done later wherever required,” said Chatterjee.
The Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC) has already started repairing roads. So have some other agencies like the CMDA, which started mending the battered EM Bypass.
At a meeting on August 16, police had made a list of 280 bad roads and asked the agencies responsible for their upkeep, including the CMC, to complete the repairs by October 1, three days before Mahalaya.
The PWD is the custodian of Diamond Harbour Road and James Long Sarani, while the CMDA maintains the EM Bypass. The Rail Vikas Nigam Limited will repair the part of Diamond Harbour Road that has been damaged because of laying of tracks for the Joka-BBD Bag Metro rail project.
The PWD will repair James Long Sarani and Central Garden Reach Road.
The civic body will repair Strand Bank Road, though Calcutta Port Trust is responsible for it. “Port officials have said they do not have the requisite funds to repair the road,” said mayor Chatterjee.
Some of the engineers at the meeting told the mayor that rains had been holding up repairs for long. “If it rains again like it did over the past two weeks, we will be in trouble,” said an engineer.
Mayoral council member (roads) Sushanta Ghosh said the civic body would start thorough repair in end-October.
The meeting also discussed the problem of waterlogging in Behala. The irrigation department officials who attended the meeting were asked to find out the reason for the block in the Monikhali canal that drains water from the Behala area.