The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on Monday launched a pothole repair machine —"India's first such device" as claimed by the civic body —that uses recycling material and infrared rays to pave a smoother road surface.
The Nu Phalt made-in-United Kingdom machine, which costs approximately Rs 1.10 crore, will repair patches/potholes on MCD roads thus: The machine has an infrared hot plate of size 2m X 1m to cover the pothole. The plate heats up the road surface for around 8-10 minutes, loosening the damaged road material and then digs it up. Then binder (bitumen) and a new mix is laid over the now-hollow patch and heated, making it melt and fit snugly into the cavity.
"The main advantage of the new machine would be smoothness and compactness of the road surface, opening traffic on repaired surface after 30 minutes and less consumption of time in repair work," Leader of the MCD House Subhash Arya said as he launched the machine in west Delhi.