New policy to stop tearing up of roads

Tech Use To Avoid Damage In Laying Wires, Pipes
Road digging and the inconvenience caused by it may become a thing of the past as Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) okayed a plan to promote trenchless road utility works for laying of pipelines and cables.Alternative techniques such as `auger boring’ and `pipe ramming’ will be used instead. The standing committee approved the plan recently and will meet next to discuss the cost. After the proposal is formally approved, road digging to lay any type of wirecable will be restricted, said Rajendra Raut, head of PMC’s road department.

The administration has already drafted a `road trenching policy’ and wants more and more companiescontractors to use the new methods. In fact, it will offer a discount to the companies that use the new technology. At present, the PMC charges about Rs 3,000 per running metre from companies as digging charges. If they use the new technology, the charges will come down to to pay anything between Rs 900 to Rs 1200 per running meter, apart from Rs 250 deposit, which is refundable.

The standing committee postponed taking a call on the road trenching policy last Tuesday. “The administration gave us the proposal at the eleventh hour.Committee members argued that since they did not have time to discuss details of the scheme, they could not take a call on it,“ said standing committee chairman Balasaheb Bodke.

A new `trenching policy’ of the PMC would spell out guidelines for granting permissions to utilities and municipal agencies for road excavation and tarring.The policy has proposed a single-window clearance system for digging. This will avoid repeated excavation and ensure quality. It mandates all contractors to place information boards at their work sites.

The PMC has planned to publish a schedule of roaddigging works being carried out by service providers, including telecom and gas companies, to avoid inconvenience to citizens. As per the PMC time-table, digging work is stopped from May 31 to September 30. The permissions are granted from October 1.

Source : TOI