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Civic body to consider new pothole-filling technology

mumbai Updated: Aug 10, 2013 00:48 IST
Poorvi Kulkarni
Poorvi Kulkarni
Hindustan Times
Mumbai potholes

Spurred by an experiment of using a new technology to fill potholes, the civic administration is likely to adopt the technology for use across other locations in the city.

On July 28, civic officials from G-north ward (Dadar and Mahim) used a mix composed of carbon crumb from recycled tyre rubber and asphalt to fill four potholes on Padmabai Thakkar Road near Shiv Sena Bhavan in Dadar.

According to officials, the four potholes remained intact even 10 days after the new mix was used.

The technology has got a thumbs up from the mayor, civic works committee and standing committee chairpersons.

The civic administration said a formal proposition would be made to adopt the new composition.

"It is a noteworthy innovation by the assistant commissioner of G-north ward. It's wider applicability will be considered after technical evaluation," said municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte.

According to G-north ward officials, they were exploring other ways of formally proposing the technology to senior officials so that it could be used at other locations as well.

"We used it on a trial basis in Dadar. There are more locations in the ward where we are thinking of trying it out, but it would be done only after the technology is formally proposed for wider use," said Sharad Ughade, assistant municipal commissioner of the ward.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is currently using cold-mix technology from five different manufacturers to repair potholes on city's roads, which has come under severe criticism because of their ineffectiveness.

The civic administration is still struggling to make city roads pothole-free before its self-set deadline of August 25.