POTHOLE PROBLEM – Civic body to deploy road ambulance in every ward

The ever-increasing number of potholes on roads has prompted the civic body to deploy 15 road ambulances to carry out instant repairs.

“The civic administration will keep one ambulance per ward office. The vehicles should hit the road in a month’s time,“ said municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar at the general body meeting on Wednesday .

BJP corporators staged an agitation during the general body meeting to protest against poor condition of roads in the city . They also blamed the administration for poor repairs work.

“The administration has failed to carry out the required repairs. Most patch work done a few days ago has been washed away in recent rains. The material used was substandard. Action should be taken against the contractors, who carried out the work,“ said a corporator. BJP members accused junior engineers of not working efficiently . They also said that the number of accidents have increased due to potholes.

Replying to the charge, Kumar said the administration has been taking note of all the complaints raised by citizens. “The number of complaints has gone down when compared to previous years. The administration has started a special drive to fix the potholes,“ he said at the general body .

“The civic administration has started four mobile ambulances. The number will be increased to 15 in one month. It will help in speeding up repairs,“ said added.

The PMC launched the `road ambulance’ service in July . The vehicles are equipped with machinery and manpower to respond to citizens’s call for repairs.

The vehicles have been designed according to instructions from the road department. The material they carry includes a plough, a hoe, tubs and emulsion to repair roads, a small water tank, painting material, paving blocks, sand and cement.

The civic administration usually activates the pothole repair helpline during monsoon. It gets around 300 complaints every year.

The PMC claims to address the complaints in 48 hours. Some calls made to the helpline this year were diverted to the road ambulance operators.

Source : TOI