The Bombay High Court on Thursday summoned the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) commissioner, Iqbal Chahal, over the bad quality of roads in Mumbai next week.
"We want Iqbal Chahal to come meet us on any day convenient to him next week. Till then he has to, through his officers, get a survey done of the 20 worst pothole-ridden roads in Mumbai," Chief Justice Dipankar Datta said.
The bench was hearing a number of petitions about the condition of roads in the city and other places in Maharashtra and the increasing number of deaths due to potholes.
The petitioner, advocate Ruju Thakkar, pointed out that just in and around Mumbai five people have lost their lives due to pothole-ridden roads.
The court also asked Chahal to give a roadmap specifying when tenders would be called for repair work and when the work would be completed.
Justice Datta said that in the year 2020 when he had come to Mumbai after his appointment as Chief Justice, he had refused to hear a petition on similar issues. “At that time, I refused to hear it saying the condition of Mumbai roads was much better. But now, after two years, the situation has changed," he said.
The court added that the cash-rich Mumbai civic body should spend its money for the public good and do something for the citizens.