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Updated: July 11, 2013 11:33 IST

No end in sight for ridding city roads of potholes

Chitra V. Ramani
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Even as one pothole is filled, two or three more come up

Another deadline has whizzed past and yet, more than a third of potholes in the city are yet to be filled.

Several roads, including arterial and sub-arterial ones, are riddled with potholes, making commuting a herculean task for citizens.

Around two weeks ago, city in-charge and Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy announced that of the 33,000-odd potholes identified in the city, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had filled around 20,000. The remaining 13,000 would be filled in 10 days’ time, he had said.

New potholes

Curiously, these figures seem to be similar to the latest figures available with the BBMP. As on July 8, the BBMP filled 20,509 potholes and 13,239 were yet to be filled.

BBMP Commissioner M. Lakshminarayan professed an explanation. He said that new potholes were emerging every day. With rains, the city’s roads developed more potholes. “Even as one pothole is filled, two or three more come up. Pothole filling is a continuous process,” he explained.

Pointing out that the arterial and sub-arterial roads had not been asphalted, he said that over the past few years, only patch work had been taken up. “We are now planning to asphalt the arterial and sub-arterial roads. As per our estimates, this will cost the BBMP around Rs. 300 crore.

Tenders will be floated soon,” he added.

Zonal monitoring

BBMP’s Engineer-in-Chief D. Rangaraju said that the zonal chief engineers were monitoring the pothole filling in their respective zones. “We are getting from them a consolidated report on the progress of pothole filling on a weekly basis.”

He said that the BBMP had released Rs. 5 lakh to each of the 198 wards for pothole-filling. While tenders have been floated by a few zones to fill potholes, the exercise has been largely entrusted to the Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Ltd. (KRIDL), a government agency.

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Crying hoarse about pot holes during the rains is a good expression of traffic adversity. However, as A civil engineer, filling potholes in wet weather resuts in recurrence very shortly unless some of the advanced mixes advertised by the Indian Roads Congress are used and that too after some hours of bright sunshine.
AS a matter of fact, the original surfaces may not have a flexible pavement of some 15 cms thickness to begin with and hence the problem
Authorities are , of course, entitled to investigate the reasons for the failure

from:  subbanarasu divakaran
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