With the arrival of winters, the entire road carpeting in the city has slowed down and is expected to come to a grinding halt. The municipal corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) is far from completing the scheduled road carpeting work under Urban Rural Regeneration Mission that has been going on in the city from last nine months. The deadline was November’s end. Since the hot mix plant that produces bitumen, a main ingredient used for road carpeting will not be functional in the winter season, the construction work will also consecutively stop.
The officials here informed that during the summer when the bitumen is carried from the plant to the construction site, its temperature on an average is between 120-140 degree Celsius and while the material is laid on the surface of the road, it comes down to 100 degree Celsius.
During the winters, it gets almost impossible to maintain the required high temperature.
It has been learnt the time period being given for road carpeting work is already less these days owing the fall in temperature in the evening.
Officials in the MCJ informed that the out of 170 road works, 60 to 70 are still left to be completed that includes major roads like Jalandhar-Kapurthala roads, roads adjoining BMC chowk and Mithapur road.
MCJ has already approved four laning of Jalandhar Kapurthala project on October 17. The MCJ has only started the base work in the area. It will be difficult for them to complete the work by the year’s end.
Likewise, roads adjoining BMC chowk that attracts huge traffic throughout the day is also in the need to repair. Same is the condition of Mithapur road, the work will reportedly will be left in the middle.
Even municipal commissioner GS Khaira last week had asked the contractors to increase the pace of the road works, failing which action could be taken.