Pothole-ridden roads will soon get 'first-aid', with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation deciding to hire 'road ambulances' for its roads that are in urgent need of repair.
The ambulances will have all equipment necessary for filling potholes as soon as they are formed.
The van will carry stones and molten mastic, and will fill up potholes that have been reported. To mend longer stretches of roads, the contractor of the road will remain in charge.
The corporation took the decision after several roads developed potholes after the start of the rainy season. The traffic police have also been asking the corporation to mend certain roads with potholes, as they are dangerous to motorists, especially at night.
In view of the situation, the civic body leaders have got in touch with private companies that can provide such vans that have facilities to heat mastic to keep it at molten state.
After checking the feasibility of the project, the civic body will invite tenders for the work that may take up to a month. If the vans are hired, they will be put to use throughout the year.
"During rainy season the number of potholes increase. It is cumbersome and time consuming to contact contractors and fill up them up. A few companies have already given us presentations on how they will work, if we hire them," said Subhash Arya, leader of the House.