The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) efforts to bring in new technology to fill potholes on the city’s roads have received a setback.
Out of the four technologies it had shortlisted for trial, only two — Wonder Patch and Road Bond — were found satisfactory. One technology, Patchmaker, received mixed reviews.
The availability of just two technologies could mean higher costs and additional delays, as there will be fewer options. Another problem, according to a civic official, is that sufficient material may not be available from the manufacturers of these two technologies to patch up all roads in the city.
The BMC had decided to try out new technologies as a quick-fix solution for the city’s potholes following directives from Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on August 6 in response to angry reactions from the citizens.
Initially, nine companies showed interest in offering solutions. However, this number soon came down to four, after five companies either backed off or were shown the door by the civic body for various reasons.
Additional municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta refused to speak on the development but a senior civic official said: “We have received reports based on the testing of these technologies on our roads. We will now study the reports to see how to take this forward.”
Gupta, meanwhile, said, “Depending on the results, we will include the successful technologies in the tenders we float for filling potholes, and these firms, or firms with similar techniques, will be allotted work.”