After the civic body’s attempt at introducing modern technology for filling potholes in the island city failed, as they couldn’t find a single contractor to bid for the work, it is now contemplating returning to the conventional form of filling potholes by using hot mixes.
This essentially means that the island city might be yet again subjected to a bumpy, potholed ride this monsoon.
The return to this conventional method will be a huge setback to the civic body’s plans of introducing modern technologies in the way the city’s potholes are filled, before and during monsoons.
Experts have been repeatedly calling for the scraping of hot-mixes being used to fill potholes during the monsoons. Technically, the premix, which is an integral part of the hot-mix, has to be transported at 150 degree Celsius, while it has to be between 120-130 degree Celsius, when it is finally laid on the road.
Maintaining such high temperatures during the monsoons becomes very tough.
HT had, on Monday, reported how the civic body’s tenders to fill potholes in South Mumbai found no takers as contractors, fearing stricter supervision over their work, had not submitted bids for these areas.
Confirming the civic body’s move, additional municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta said, “These technologies might not have adequate material, required for the entire city. As a result of this, we feel we can’t find any bidders for South Mumbai. Although we have gone in for re-tendering, in case none of the technologies agree to take up the work, then we might have to go back to filling potholes using hot-mixes.”
Gupta clarified that this might be the last-ditch option for the civic body. “We are desperately looking for options so that South Mumbai’s potholes can also be filled using modern technology.”