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No paver blocks for roads

Amrita U Kadam , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, November 08, 2009
First Published: 01:05 IST(8/11/2009) | Last Updated: 01:07 IST(8/11/2009)
Your city’s main roads will no more have carpets of paver blocks.

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A high court-appointed panel monitoring the state of city roads — the Standing Technical Advisory Committee — has asked Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) not to use paver blocks for main roads.

In the past, the caving in of paver blocks has raised doubts over their durability.

The use of paver blocks should be limited to junctions, narrow roads and footpaths, the committee has recommended. A report was prepared after an inspection of several city roads during the last two days. The report will soon be submitted to the BMC, said sources.

The committee that gives technical advice to BMC has asked it to take action against contractors who have laid sub-standard paver blocks. This has to be done within a month.

It was found that there was no control over quality of the paver blocks. “Contractors do not stick to using ISI-marked products. Use of low quality paver blocks is not advisable and BMC has to keep a check on the quality,” Chairman of the Committee, NV Merani told Hindustan Times.

“We have found that roads with paver blocks are not in good condition. We have asked the BMC to instruct contractors to rectify the poor condition of roads, failing which payment should not be made,” Merani said.

Since laying paver blocks is more expensive than laying asphalt roads, the committee has advised BMC to use them in narrow lanes where trucks and road rollers do not ply.

The committee has also said that ‘carboncor technology’ used to fill potholes was advisable. This technology involves use of cold tar that dries quickly and is best during repair work carried out during monsoon.

“The performance of carboncor for repair work is good. The civic body has also gone a step ahead and applied for accreditation from Central Highway Research Board for use of this technology for making broad roads,” said Merani.

“We will be able to comment only after the committee submits its final report,” said Chief Engineer (roads, traffic and bridges) S.V. Joshi.


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