Roads in Potholes

Pothole

Representative Picture

Everyone travelling in Mumbai would have felt the pain of traffic jams and broken roads. There are hardly any roads in the city only back-breaking potholes. Every year crores of rupees is spent on the road infrastructure of Mumbai but still we don’t see any improvement.

For financial year 2012 -13, the total projected revenue for BMC was Rs. 26,581.02 crores (~US$ 5.32 bn) and a projected expenditure of 26,474.10 crores (~US$ 5.29 bn) of which allocation for road infrastructure was Rs. 1,466 crores (~US$ 293.2 mn) which has increased from Rs. 713 crores (~US$ 142.6 mn) from the past year.[i] Over the past 7 years BMC’s revenues have increased exponentially from Rs. 6,715.5 crores in FY 2006-07 to Rs. 26,581.02 crores in FY 2012-13, which is roughly a growth of 4x times (ie. 22% y-o-y growth rate).

Let us try to analyze the above numbers in perspective of road length of Mumbai –

  1. Total length of roads in Mumbai [ii]: 1,889 kms
  2. Average maintenance expenditure for 1 km of a 4 lane highway per year[iii]: Rs. 10 lakhs (~US$ 20,000)
  3. Total estimated maintenance expenditure per year for Mumbai based on above data (1*2): Rs. 188.9 crores (~US$ 37.78 mn)
  4. Assuming inflation and increased maintenance of Mumbai roads due to extra wear and tear and traffic, we use a multiple of 3 times. Hence, the total estimated maintenance expenditure comes to about Rs. 566.7 Crores (~US$ 113.34 mn)

The total budget allocation of Rs. 1,466 crores for road infrastructure for FY 13 was about 2.6x times the estimated maintenance requirements; and still we get a road infrastructure which creates this:

Mumbai Traffic Jam

Why do we get such a poor infrastructure even after spending more than 2.6 times the estimated requirement for upkeep of Mumbai roads?


[iii] http://www.infrastructure.gov.in/pdf/NHDP.pdf  (Annexure 1, page 23 of Financing of the National Highway Development Programme)

Conversion rate used 1US$=Rs. 50

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2 Responses to Roads in Potholes

  1. sarab1275 says:

    The money allocated and the money being put to actual repairing for roads needs to be questioned to the BMC — Thanks to bring to facts to light — Mumbaikars jagoo

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