On Monday night, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was seen getting his hands dirty. Taking cognisance of the High Court’s notice over potholes in the city, the Sena chief, his son Aaditya and Mayor Sunil Prabhu visited various spots in the suburbs to take stock of the condition of roads.
The Thackerays and Prabhu visited many areas in Vile Parle, Andheri, Jogeshwari and Kalina where BMC workers were carrying out repairs to the roads around 10 pm.
Asked about their visit, Mayor Sunil Prabhu said, “Our main priority is to ensure that the roads are free of potholes. We will make sure that all the roads maintained by the BMC are repaired. Thackeray and I went to these spots to make sure that the work was being carried out smoothly.”
Uddhav also addressed the crowds that had gathered while they were on their survey and said apologetically, “It is part of my job to make sure that roads in the city do not create problems for commuters. As soon as the city experiences a 48-hour dry spell, I will make sure that all roads with potholes maintained by the BMC will be fixed. Better technology will be used and the problem will be dealt with.”
He added that the taxpayers’ money would be utilised in the right manner and that roads with big potholes would be given first priority. “Levelling of roads will also be done and good quality material will be used to make sure these potholes do not reappear,” he said.
Shewale tenders his resignation
Following Uddhav’s apology to citizens for poor maintenance of roads, BMC’s standing committee chairman and Sena corporator Rahul Shewale handed in his resignation papers to the party chief.
“It was my responsibility to make sure roads were properly maintained. The party chief had to apologise for our mistakes, which was not appropriate. This is why I felt it was right to hand in my resignation,” said Shewale.
It is unlikely that Thackeray will accept his resignation, sources in the BMC said.