Civic body works over weekend to patch up roads

Repairs 35 Thoroughfares Before Monday Deadline
A day before its self-imposed deadline to make Pune pothole-free, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has completed repairs on 35 key roads out of 50. The administration has promised to repair the other 15 roads on Monday .“Nearly 250 people are working day and night since Thursday . We are not only using the hot mix technology , but also the cold mix method, which will help make repairs more sustainable,“ said Rajendra Raut, head of the PMC’s road department. “Besides the 50 main roads, we have also taken up work on the bylanes that are in a bad shape. We are responding to people’s complaints. Hence, I request all to let us know the condition of roads in their respective areas,“ he added.

Besides potholes, complaints regarding other road furniture and drainage are also being addressed. The data regarding how much work was done will be available on Tuesday once the total work is complete.

Earlier, mayor Prashant Jagtap had promised a potholefree city by Monday . He had declared at a press conference that instructions have been issued to Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) officials to carry out repairs on a war-footing.

The civic body activates a pothole repair helpline during monsoon. It gets around 300 complaints every year. Calls come from different areas, including the Peths, Kothrud, Hadapsar, NIBM, Satara and Sinhagad Road. “We created 10 different teams. Each team has four to eight members. Our target is to complete 25 key roads under Aundh and Ghole road ward offices,“ said executive engineer Dinkar Gojare.

The PMC has been spending crores of rupees on asphalting roads since May . The craters expose not only the poor quality of material used, but also the tardy work of the contractors. Commuters complained about vehicles breaking down and bumpy rides giving them back ache.

Besides their demand for good roads, people had sought action against civic officials and contractors responsible for sub-standard work.

The civic administration has started an inquiry on road works, especially those that are under a `defect liability period.’ If these roads are damaged and the contractor has flouted the norms or compromised on quality, he will be blacklisted.

Source : TOI