Concretisation was thought to be the solution to the city’s chronic road problem. But even concrete roads across Mumbai are in bad shape.
A state government-appointed expert committee observed that, apart from the roads showing signs of damage, the joints between concrete blocks were wearing off.
The civic body has been saying that concretising roads is the only permanent solution for the pothole problem. Mumbai has about 1,900 km of roads, of which only 502 km have been concretised.
“There were rough patches on some of the concrete roads we checked and the joints were coming off,” said a committee member on condition of anonymity.
Of all the roads the committee inspected, all but one — D SS Rao Road — were concrete ones.
“The bitumen surface was wearing off on that road. It has not been maintained for the last seven years,” said a committee member
“The civic body needs to pay more attention to roads,” said NV Merani, chairman of the committee.
The committee met on Friday to discuss its findings and will soon give the civic body suggestions to maintain roads better. The committee also discussed the guidelines to be framed in order to reduce the digging of roads.
The guidelines will be finalised within a month and will focus on how underground utilities can be clubbed together in a single duct so that every time a change or upgrade is required, there is no need to dig the entire road.