Mumbai city body converts asphalt roads to cement-concrete roads to solve pothole problem

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Bombay, July 17: Mumbai’s civic body has launched a mission to convert the city’s asphalt roads to cement concrete roads to rid them of potholes, a chronic monsoon problem responsible for many accidents and casualties.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), controlled by Shiv Sena, also appears keen to avoid public anger ahead of crucial municipal elections, the timing of which has yet to be announced, over the politically sensitive issue of nests. chicken.

Of Mumbai’s 2,055 km road network, the BMC has already converted more than 50% of the asphalt roads to cement concrete (CC) roads, according to a senior official.

BMC’s additional municipal commissioner, P Velarasu, said the civic body had converted roads measuring 1,030 km into CC roads and aimed to cover the entire network in the next five years. ‘If Pushpa Was Made in Mumbai’: BJP digs into potholes at BMC by making Allu Arjun’s animated video.

“At the current rate, we aim to convert all remaining routes to CC routes within the next five years,” Velarasu told PTI. He added that although paved roads are suitable for dry climates, they do not last long where there are heavy rains and water seepage. Also, the international trend is to build DC roads to solve the pothole problem.

Citizens, especially motorists, face many inconveniences due to pothole-strewn roads. Motorists complain of being physically and mentally exhausted during the journey due to potholes and vehicles are also damaged. Therefore, they decided to speed up the CC road construction works by replacing the asphalt, he said.

The civic body had received more than 10,340 complaints about potholes collectively sized 17,000 square meters on city roads through mid-June from April 1 this year. Compared to the same period last year, the number of new potholes on Mumbai’s roads is lower this year, officials said.

To register complaints about potholes, the civic body has developed an app, in addition to providing a means to file complaints through websites, social media and a toll-free hotline.

The BMC gave around Rs 2 crore each to 24 neighborhoods to repair the potholes.

The BMC says it repairs craters within 48 hours of receiving complaints and uses cold mix, a specialist asphalt, for this purpose. The civic body had supplied 422 tonnes of dry cold mix to the 24 wards in Mumbai till last week.

The civic body has built CC roads in recent decades, but fewer roads have been converted to CC roads until recent years. According to the civic body, it has converted over 800 kilometers of roads to CC roads in the last 5-6 years.

Velarasu said the BMC decided to go with all CC roads despite the high construction costs compared to paved roads to overcome the threat of potholes. However, given their life cycle, DC routes are more cost effective.

“If you look at the life cycle cost, cement concrete roads are cheaper. Once built, they no longer need to be maintained provided they are built correctly,” he added. percent more expensive.

“Compared to the 4-5 year lifespan of paved roads, CC roads have a lifespan of at least 20 years, and if built properly, could even last 30 years,” Velarasu added. . Officials said the paved roads develop potholes after a few years due to the flow of heavy vehicles and water seepage. “Due to pressure from heavy vehicles, roads crack and during rains water seeps in from all sides creating craters,” they added.

Being a coastal city, Mumbai receives about 3,000 mm of rainfall annually.

He said the civic body is prioritizing larger roads to convert to CC roads with smaller ones.

“To avoid repeated road digging, BMC will maintain flexible pavements for various utilities such as sewer lines, water lines, power lines and telephone wires, along CC roads,” Velarasu added. . Mumbai: BMC collects plastic ban fine of up to Rs 2.85 Lakh in just two weeks.

Experts are also of the opinion that CC roads are the “only solution” for Mumbai to solve the pothole problem. They did, however, express concern that CC roads could be flooded due to “lack of percolation”.

“In fact, the lack of percolation is one of the reasons for the increase in flooding in the suburbs of Mumbai. Also, all the companies are now concreting their complexes or putting tiles which prevents percolation,” said AV Shenoy, a transport activist.

He also said that the BMC had taken care of the problem of non-percolation at BRIMSTOWAD (a project to improve the stormwater drainage network and capacity) by increasing the runoff coefficient from 0.5 to 1.0 , but in many places the SW drains are not sufficient to carry rainwater during a heavy downpour.

Velarasu, however, said the water percolation rate will decrease due to CC road construction. “We will integrate CC routes with the sump,” he added.

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