The Pothole Challenge 2019 is valid till the 7th of November!
Travelling on the roads of Mumbai is a constant fight; the potholes, the drainage and the overall conditions of the roads make our everyday commute harder than it needs to be.
So much so, that a Mumbaikar named Navin Lade, entered the city's name in the Guinness World records and Limca Book of Record, for having the maximum number of potholes on the roads. How funny and equally disappointing is that?!
Our perpetual complaints have gone to the shadows, unheard and unaddressed for quite a long time now and in a bid to call-out the shortcomings of the officials, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has introduced a new challenge- 'Pothole challenge 2019'.
In a move pointed at the betterment of the condition of roads in Mumbai, BMC is giving out ₹500 as a token amount to citizens, if a pothole reported by them is not filled within 24 hours by the civic team.
However, there are some ‘ground rules’ to win this prize; pothole reported by the citizens should be at least one foot in diameter and three inches deep.
According to reports by TOI, the BMC administration had asked all seven deputy municipal commissioners to direct their respective ward-level staff and contractors to fill all the potholes by October 31 so that the competition could begin from November.
About a month ago, the officials launched a ‘MyBMC Pothole Fixit’ app on ‘Play Store’ wherein Mumbaikars have been urged to report cavities on the streets!
This move has been termed as “a waste of taxpayers’ money” by the corporators but the authorities have made it known that not every crater will get immediate attention. Also to avoid repetition of reporting the same potholes, they will have to be geotagged on the Fixit App and finally, only two potholes can be reported by one person.
We just hope that our road journey here in Mumbai becomes better ASAP because there have been health complications and even deaths, reported due to the bad condition of our roads.