Plagued by regular complaints of potholes and waterlogging, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has finally decided to get rid of its bitumen roads. The civic agency has decided to replace all bitumen roads in the Capital with concrete that last longer.
Officials said, though expensive, this would stop complaints of bumpy rides and waterlogging. Concrete roads last around 10 years as against the bitumen roads that last an average of three years.
The decision was taken at a meeting held on Friday that was chaired by the chief secretary of Delhi. The civic agency would begin with constructing 200 kilometres of concrete roads.
“The material used for bitumen roads — the hot mix — does not hold well and gives way under water. This causes waterlogging that leads to traffic jams. We have decided to replace all such roads with concrete,” said MCD Commissioner K.S. Mehra. The budget and the areas to be taken up are being worked out by the civic agency.
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) too would construct nearly 100 kilometres of cement roads with a budget of Rs 100 crore. These roads would be constructed mainly inside colonies, by-lanes and the outer circle of Connaught Place.
The civic agency has been receiving flak for poor maintenance of roads for quite some time, a fact highlighted by Hindustan Times. Recently, the high court too sought a report from the civic agency on action taken against errant engineers who were responsible for the bad condition of roads in the city.
“The traffic police comes out with a list of troubled spots during monsoon. Our engineering team will confirm those areas and they will be replaced in phases,” said Mehra.
Cities like Mumbai and Kolkata that receive heavy rainfall have already switched to concrete roads. In Mumbai, 340 kilometers of roads have been made with concrete.