Uddhav Thackeray surveys Mumbai potholes

Mumbai, July 30 : Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray came out on the streets of Vile Parle in Mumbai on Monday night to take stock of potholes there.

His move came after the Bombay High Court slapped show-cause notices to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the Thane Municipal Corporation and the Maharashtra government.

"The chief secretary of the state government, principal secretary of the Public Works Department, Municipal commissioners of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane Municipal Corporations and the chief executive officers of MMRDA, MSRDC and MPT shall remain personally present on August 13," the high court had ordered.

Earlier on July 23, BMC officials, who were held captive by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists over pothole issues, were released after being assured that the potholes will be fixed once the rain stops.

The officials were released after a written assurance was given by the municipal body to fix the city's potholes menace.

The BMC had also promised to take action against all erring contractors, media reports said.

Earlier in the day, the BMC officials were held captive by the MNS workers as the latter claimed that complaints about potholes have gone unheard for the past two months.

The move by the MNS came after a 48-year-old woman died here on July 19 after falling from a two-wheeler while trying to avoid a pothole on a road in Vasai.

Pertinently, MNS is headed by Uddhav Thackeray' cousin Raj Thackeray.

--IBNS (Posted on 30-07-2013)

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