The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is experimenting with a new water-based product for laying roads.
Called Carboncor, the product is an asphalt cold mix, which requires water while road repairs.
JT Barbhaya, Officer of Special Duty (Roads), BMC said, “We will use carboncor on an experimental basis outside the Anik bus depot and the E Moses Road to ascertain its durability.”
Jasbir Bhandari of Carboncor Infrastructure Private Ltd said, “Carboncor contains carbonaceous shale, a by-product from the coal mines, which acts as a good binder. Though it is costlier, it has proved durable in the long run.”
However, he admitted that flooding, roads being dug up for utilities and leaking underground water pipelines could pose a problem.