As the authorities have so far turned a deaf ear to complaints about potholes, the MNS has decided to turn up the volume today, when the party will take to the streets with a ‘band baaja’ protest.

MNS hopes to catch the BMC’s attention with a loud dhol-tasha march across the pothole-ridden streets of Mumbai. File pic for representation
MNS hopes to catch the BMC’s attention with a loud dhol-tasha march across the pothole-ridden streets of Mumbai. File pic for representation

Party members will play the dhol-tasha on the streets to protest against civic officials not repairing potholes in their ward, including prominent areas like Dadar and Borivli, which have MNS corporators.

“BMC claims that there are around 300 potholes in the city. We will expose the administration and show officials that they are downplaying the issue by citing lower numbers of potholes,” said Sandeep Deshpande, party group leader in the BMC, who will join party vice-president Nayan Kadam and other members in the demonstration. “We will make sure that civic officials speak about real numbers of potholes in city,” Kadam told mid-day.

As part of its bid to keep the civic administration on its toes on the issue of potholes in Dadar, MNS corporators also gheraoed the local ward officer, Ramakant Biradar, in his office last morning. When asked about the reason for the rising number of potholes, Biradar stated that the central agency had not provided the necessary material or training for repairs (See box).

Ruckus in the house
Potholes ruled the BMC’s general assembly yesterday, with corporators across party lines slamming the administration. Sena, BJP, MNS, Congress had stinging criticism for the craters that keep reappearing in the city. But the war soon turned out to be between Sena and Congress, after Sena leader Yashodhar Phanse claimed that most of the potholes were on roads contracted under the UPA rule. But he ignored the fact that BMC was ruled by the Sena in that period. Congress struck back with aggressive sloganeering against Shiv Sena.