Despite approving tenders worth Rs 1,163 crore on white topping of roads and road surfacing, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has allocated Rs 12.9 crore on micro-resurfacing of roads.
Officials who didn’t want to be named told the AMC that the civic body has approved three tenders of micro-resurfacing of roads with a joint expenditure of Rs 12.9 crore, a national daily reported.
Since September 2022, the AMC sanctioned 15 tenders of road resurfacing to the tune of Rs 928 crore.
The daily added that six months ago, the civic body had approved a tender worth Rs 20 crore for white topping of a road stretch in Gurukul and adjacent areas.
Additionally, in the past two months, the civic body sanctioned two tenders of white topping of various road stretches Ahmedabad for Rs 160 crore.
Between 2020 and 2023, the civic body incurred expenses worth Rs 971.27 crore to repair 1,055 road stretches to a length of 548.23km. The three-year guarantee for these resurfaced roads is still valid, yet the civic body hasn’t kept a lid on road repairs.
The daily, attributing sources in the corporation, reported that after sanctioning Rs 12.9 crore for micro-resurfacing of roads in different part of the city, the AMC will approve two more tenders in the range of Rs 5 crore in the next standing committee meeting.
The AMC officials believe that micro-resurfacing of roads would extend their durability by a year.
Sources have hinted that some senior officials of AMC are forcing city engineers to propose more micro resurfacing works indicating a connection between senior officials and contractors.