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New technology fixes potholes

india Updated: Jan 12, 2012 01:00 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
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Finally, city commuters have a reason to cheer. The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) has awarded the contract to fix potholed roads in Gurgaon to Trans Metalite India Limited (TMIL), an ISO certified company that had repaired more than 7,000 potholes in Delhi in 2009-10.

The company works with an advanced foreign technology which uses an infrared recycling pothole repair system. The technology, used in the UK by the Nu-Phalt Company, was introduced in India by TIML.

On a 2 by 1 square metre area, machines heat up the base of the potholed area for seven to eight minutes. Then, the existing materials are mixed and mixed with binder for extra strength.

Everything needed for the work is available on the van itself that costs more than R1 crore. A driver and a helper is the only manpower needed and they can complete work on about five square metres in 30 minutes.

Since the Nu-Phalt system does not remove the old asphalt material, there is no need of unnecessary disposal.

"When we clean the pits, we do not throw away the scrapped road materials. We mix a chemical binder and other materials and again heat the base with a machine," said Rakesh Kumar, the site-in-charge.

TIML has already repaired more than 200 potholes on the Mehrauli-Gurgaon (MG) Road and Golf Course Road. Work is now underway on Sohna Road, a 7-km stretch that connects NH-8 at Rajiv Chowk with Badshahpur.

"The best part is the time saved. Unlike conventional methods that need to halt traffic movement, this technology takes just about 30-35 minutes to fix a road," said Sumit Shekhar, a TMIL official.

Work will be carried out in all the six divisions of Huda.