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Another software to track potholes?

The civic body is considering adopting a pothole tracking system so that the most of the potentially troublesome roads can be repaired before the monsoon arrives and Mumbaiites have to suffer fewer potholes.

mumbai Updated: Aug 10, 2011 00:57 IST
HT Correspondent

The civic body is considering adopting a pothole tracking system so that the most of the potentially troublesome roads can be repaired before the monsoon arrives and Mumbaiites have to suffer fewer potholes.

A private firm approached the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday briefing it about two softwares that could help the BMC figure out which the troublesome roads are.

The Road Monitoring Committee, formed by the high court in 2006, had recommended a software, the Road Maintenance Management System, which serves a similar purpose. The BMC has purchased this software, but it has not been used in the past five years. This software would serve a similar purpose.

“The tracking system will be able to predict and help us prioritise the repairs needed,” said Rahul Shewale, chairman of the civic standing committee, adding that he would speak about the software to the civic chief on Thursday.

The tracking system will have the history of all civic roads with detailed information on the trouble spots. “It will allow the BMC to check the quality of raw materials used and track the quality of the roads so that even before a road develops potholes, it can be attended to,” said an official from the roads department, requesting anonymity.

“We have not decided yet anything on the issue,” SR Badwe, chief engineer, roads department, who attended the meeting at which Shewale discussed the software.The Pimpari-Chinchwad Corporation is currently using this software.