Pothole cure with new technology

The civic body has started a pilot project of constructing roads using TerraZyme (TZ) technology to find a solution to the problem of potholed roads during the monsoon.
The Pune Municipal Corporation is constructing a road in Aranyeshwar area using this technology. A private agency working on this project has invented road construction using a bio-enzymatic soil stabilizer TZ and has successfully built roads across India in varying soil, traffic and climatic conditions.
In this process, soil is scarified to the depth and width defined for stabilization in project specifications and TZ solution is sprayed uniformly over the pulverized soil.
Like each year, several roads were damaged during monsoon. In last few years citizens and civic activists have hauled the civic administration over coals for roads that developed countless potholes during monsoon. Elected members too have repeatedly voiced their anger over bad road conditions in the general body and standing committee meetings.
The city roads are in a bad shape despite the civic body’s claim of spending more than 10% of its annual Rs 4,000-crore budget on road works.

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Pathetic Potholes in City

Potholes have become trademark of the roads troubling residents. Roads all over the city were covered with spots of huge potholes. Ask anyone in Pune about the one thing that troubles the most and the answer would definitely be the pothole-filled roads! The Pune Municipal Corporation fails to provide smooth and obstruction-free roads. Potholes have come up after the rains and the roads have become bumpy. Two-wheeler riders have a difficult time on the roads. It becomes difficult to locate potholes which are water-filled. Authorities have as usual not bothered to check the problem.
Materials used in laying carpet are not clean (lot of dust in aggregate); materials are not heated and maintained to required temperature, while laying carpet. PMC, under pressure from Bigwigs, and the Public, will fill up potholes in hurry; with whatever material (like Brick bats, moorum, mixed asphalt etc.) they can lay their hands on. When moorumis filled in pot-holes, it becomes slippery. More fuel is burnt.
For many who accidentally rode over the potholes, it was a bone-rattling experience. Pothole problems with roads in many spots being reduced to lose annoy. It is difficult to use the roads. The study found that riding two-wheelers on bumpy roads can have serious health implications. Riding two-wheelers during the rainy season has emerged as a new risk factor for backache and a slipped disc. A few indicators suggest that bad roads are more likely to have contributed to the slip disc condition. Long-distance travelers are more prone to a slipped disc. These potholes not only provide back-breaking journey to the residents but also damage their vehicles as well.
“The roads, even those that were recently asphalted by the ward offices, have numerous potholes. It is a difficult task to negotiate them in the rain,” said a Warje resident. It is one of the worst-affected areas in the city. The road from Patil Estate to Yerawada known as the new Mula bridge road was riddled with craters. The road in Wakdewadi near Patil estate and near Pashan village has deteriorated.
Authorities should repair the roads as soon as possible as many a time vehicles get damaged due to the bad roads. Filling up of potholes is a never-ending job. They can only minimize them. Poor drainage, heavy traffic and lack of citizens’ co-operation are the reasons behind potholes. After the downpour, water remains stagnant on the road surface and damages it. Clogged storm water drains and road digging prevents draining of water.

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‘Pothole helpline’ in Pune…!

A 24-hour ‘potholes helpline’ has been started in Pune. Citizen can inform to PMC official about the location of the potholes in the city, which will be repaired within 24 hours of receiving complain. It has appointed staff in three shifts to address the problem. Helpline number is 020-25501083. The PMC has appealed to citizens to provide their cellphone numbers while registering complaints so that civic officials can inform them after the repairs are carried out.
Official from the PMC’s road department said that Pothole helpline in the city received 82 calls on the first two days. Calls were received from across the city. Residents complained about potholes that surfaced due to rains and also about those that were there before the start of the monsoon. However, some of the complainants were not happy with the helpline. Resident said that they registered a complaint, but even after 24 hours, the potholes in their locality have not been repaired. It is a good initiative, but the municipal corporation should have enough staff to implement the scheme.

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Poor response for pothole helpline

Potholes have become trademark of the city. Thus, to overcome the rising problem of pothole ridden roads, the Pune Municipal Corporation has started ‘Pothole helpline’. Citizen can inform to PMC official about the location of the potholes in the city. When the helpline was started, the civic authorities had promised that the complaints about potholes will be attended to within 24 hours of the receipt of the call. But what is the scene on roads today? Is the condition changed?

Condition of roads at major crossroads have not been changed yet. While driving on major roads such as Satara road, SB road, Karve road, Paud road you could not even find a single stretch with smooth, pothole free road.

Most of the people are not calling up the helpline because they don’t believe it will solve their problems. Since people have apathy, they may have preferred to keep away from the helpline. This situation has to be changed for the betterment of the city.

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