Utilities may have to pay for digging up Mumbai roads

Wednesday, 8 January 2014 - 10:37am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

The BMC has decided to levy access charges on utilities who use roads to lay underground cables. The revenue generated from it, expected to be around Rs200 crore, will be used to develop city’s roads.

The roads department has prepared a proposal for the same, which will be tabled before the standing committee on Wednesday for its approval.

Department officials said unregulated trenching is taking a toll on city’s roads. At present, there are 28 utilities that lay their network services on city roads.

“We had proposed in the budget for 2013-14 to collect access charges from utilities, which include gas and electricity supply companies. We have finalised rates for the various utilities,” said a senior official from the department, adding that it will send a demand notice to the utilities concerned about the collection of charges.

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