PMC to add 8 road ambulances to fleet

After receiving positive responses for the four existing repair vehicles, the civic administration floats tender for expansion
After almost a month of launching road ambulance -a utility vehicle for fix ing potholes across the city -the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to include eight additional ambulances to the existing fleet for road maintenance.At present, the civic administration is in possession of four vehicles that operate in four different zones of the city. During monsoon, PMC authorities claim that the road ambulances have done a good job, repairing potholes in many areas. Thus, there is need for more such vehicles to increase efficiency.

Speaking to Mirror, Rajendra Raut, PMC’s chief engineer, said, “We have floated a tender for eight new road ambulances. For the past one month, the four ambulances have been responding swiftly to public complaints related to road maintenance and have repaired 1,000 square metres of potholes. The vans have completed Rs 75 lakh of maintenance work, fixing potholes and repairing footpaths.“

Aboli Dhayarker, a resident of Sadashiv Peth, said, “Actually, I wasn’t sure whether deploying mobile road repair vans would be productive. But now, I agree that they are doing a good job. This is a good effort spearheaded by the civic body and the number of vans should be increased.“ The road ambulances are specially designed according to the instructions of the road department officials. It contains ploughs, hoes, tubs, small water tanks, and paving blocks to repair roads. Four workers and a supervisor travel in the vehicle to different parts of the city and a global positioning system (GPS) is fitted in the vehicle, tracking its movements.

Seeming optimistic about the additional road repair vehicles, Raut further added, “We are expecting that the eight extra vans would be included in our service within one month.We are getting calls from different parts of the city, but have been unable to provide our service in time due to lack of adequate number of vehicles. So, we decided to expand our fleet for quicker and better road maintenance.“

Local residents can register complaints at PMC Care. The administration is also developing a special app so that people can directly contact or send their complaints to supervisors in the vans.

Source : Mirror

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