‘Two of three companies hired by BMC to fix potholes did shoddy work’

  • Laxman Singh, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 08, 2016 00:33 IST
More than 2,500 potholes were reported last week. (HT Photo)

Motorists are unlikely to get relief from potholes on the city’s roads as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) latest experiment, which uses new technologies to fix potholes quickly, has fared poorly. Of the three companies involved in the process, the technologies used by two are not up to the mark, said an official.

The third company, AR Thermo, yielded good results.The BMC has now asked the Austria-based company to provide more material to be used on pothole stretches. The company has agreed to arrange for it in the next few days.

Potholes in the city are on the rise after the heavy rain hit Mumbai last week. More than 2,500 potholes have been reported. The potholes create major traffic jams at several locations, inconveniencing commuters. The western express highway has been the worst-hit. The poor condition of the highway leads to traffic snarls during peak hours.

“The potholes which were filled without following the norms and using substandard material have created more problems as they have grown larger after a few showers,” said an official.

Last week, sample materials from three companies— AR Thermo, Shalimar and Eco Green— were used on the eastern, western and island city respectively to fix potholes.

“The Shalimar samples washed out within a few days. It is difficult to assess the technology used by the Eco Green company as the quantity is inadequate,” said a senior official of the civic body.

“The AR Thermo’s material was used to fix potholes on the Sion bridge. It has yielded positive results. Even after the heavy rains, the patches filled by the company are intact. Now, we have requested the company for more material, which will be tried at several stretches,” he added.

“We will submit a report of all the materials used to fill the potholes to the Standing Technical Advisory Committee.The expert committee decide on the best technology,” said chief engineer (roads and traffic), Sanjay Darade.

The civic body is trying to finalise the best method fix potholes in the next two weeks as they have to submit a status report to the high court on August 20.

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