The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) plans to engage an agency for a year to repair, restore and maintain the Ultadanga-Garia stretch of E M Bypass, which is damaged apparently due to shoddy work by different utility service providers every year, especially during the monsoons.
“The firm that will be selected for a year will be given the responsibility of taking up urgent repair and restoration of damaged spots as and when required. The agency will look after the maintenance of the Bypass stretch for one year,” a KMDA official said, adding most of the potholes and craters were created owing to some fault on the part of a utility service provider on the thoroughfare. The total value of work has been fixed at a little over Rs 1.9 crore. According to the terms and conditions of the tender floated, only “bona fide, reliable and experienced firms or individual contractors who have experience working with government and government undertaking bodies, having completion certificate of executing at least 40% value of similar nature of work on a single contract within the last five years”, are eligible to place bids.
KMDA authorities pointed out that despite patchwork on their part, potholes springing up on Bypass, especially near Metro construction sites, had become a yearly problem. “Potholes appearing on the Bypass stretch have become a regular affair, especially during the rains. For the rest of the Bypass, we took up repairs whenever required. But repairing craters created by utility service providers becomes an additional burden on us,” an official said.
KMDA and RVNL has for the past few years trading blames of the repeated deterioration of certain portions of the Bypass stretch between Ultadanga and Garia, where Metro construction has been on. While KMDA claimed the road near Metro sites was damaged due to the constructions and that RVNL should repair them, RVNL insisted they had been taking up repairs in their areas . One such stretch was below the Hemanta Mukherjee station, which RVNL reportedly repaired. However, the agency made it clear that it will not be responsible for road repairs near stations after their work was completed.
Source: Times of India