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Smooth rides seem impossible

delhi Updated: Sep 24, 2010 00:22 IST
Neelam Pandey
Neelam Pandey
Hindustan Times
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Blame it on the civic agencies for leaving most of the work for last minute but most of the roads are not the promised black-topped smooth ones.

Civic agencies say they require a minimum of three days of sunshine to do the top layering, but Met department predicts rains for at least five more days. With only nine days left for the Games, civic agencies are in a fix on how to complete the pending work.

The Public Works Department has to do black-topping (final layering) on five major roads; the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has to complete work on nine and New Delhi Municipal Corporation has to complete work on three.

“We are just waiting for the right weather. It has been raining for the past few months and we could take up the work of black-topping only after all the road work was complete,” said a senior PWD official.

The NDMC claimed they finished black-topping most of the roads in their jurisdiction; but as work in Connaught Place got over recently, they have to take up the work there. “CP is part of the cycling event route, so we have to do two coats of black-topping there. While we have managed to partially complete the first coat, we are still waiting for dry weather to start the second. But we need three days of dry weather for that,” said a senior NDMC official.

According to experts, roads should not be laid during monsoon, as the gravel is not able to hold the bitumen. Roads built in such conditions get damaged easily. “While constructing roads there is a simple rule to follow — do not carry out black-topping of roads on wet surface. But ... roads are being re-carpeted even when it is raining. Naturally the road will not last,” said Dipak Mukherjee, former engineer-in-chief, PWD.