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Machines bought to fix potholes lie unused

india Updated: Jul 19, 2010 00:45 IST
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Machines bought to fix potholes lie unused

The machines that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had bought two years ago, at the cost of Rs 78 lakh each, to patch up potholes are lying unused.

Jet-Patcher machines were bought to speed up the process of filling potholes.

The machine uses a technology that fills a pothole in 15 minutes.

Jet-patching machine uses asphalt instead of a cold mix. Once the material is filled in the machine it automatically cleans and fills the potholes.

The machine works on compaction arrangements in which compressed air is used for cleaning the potholes and filling them.

The civic body had bought three such machines each for the city, western and eastern suburbs.

“They are lying unused for the last six months at the civic workshop in Santacruz. But the civic body still spends on its maintenance,” said a civic official from the roads department.

A.V. Ralkar, chief engineer roads, said: “There is some issue with the machine operators but it will be sorted out.”

A proposal that was tabled in the standing committee had

said that the municipal corporation has handed over the machines to a contractor for maintenance and the company has spent Rs 68 crores in the last 12 months.

Fifteen such machines have been bought by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi at the cost of Rs 1.2 crore each.