Allotting a designated space for the Ganpati pandals to be erected without damaging the other stretch and use of cold mix to fill potholes are some of the suggestions made by the expert Standing Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) to the civic body at the review meeting on Thursday.
The committee had, on Wednesday, inspected four roads that were constructed in the last two years. Based on their observations, they discussed the issue with municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar and put forth their suggestions, which will be implemented from next year.
During the visit, it was observed that frequent digging of roads by the ganpati mandals had caused considerable damage. The committee recommended that cold mix asphalt concrete technology should be used for filling up the potholes, instead of the hot mix technique being used currently.
The BMC has also shortlisted new technologies such as Road Bond, Wonder Patch, Carbon Core, Ecopatch, Shalipatch, and Patchmaker materials for repairing the potholes. NV Merani, chairman, STAC, said, “This year, these methods cannot be used as we most materials need to be imported. To deal with digging, the civic body can put an embedded pipe of bigger diameter beneath the road, in which the poles for pandals can be installed. These spots can be filled up with sand or caps after their use.”