Water logging: MCH finds a `concrete' solution

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AWAITING REPAIR: MCH's new move may be a permanent solution for roads like this which take a beating every time it rains. Photo: H. Satish
AWAITING REPAIR: MCH's new move may be a permanent solution for roads like this which take a beating every time it rains. Photo: H. Satish

Staff Reporter

Corporation to lay pre-fabricated concrete slabs at critical road points

  • This concept was tried in Mumbai
  • Bitumen roads are easily damaged in rain
  • Post-rain, MCH incurred a loss of Rs. 22 cr. due to damaged roads

    HYDERABAD: The Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad (MCH) has decided to try out laying pre-fabricated concrete slabs at critical road points with the perennial problem of water logging during rainfall. About 15 to 20 spots have been identified on some of the main thoroughfares, says Commissioner Sanjay Jaju.

    Talking to presspersons on Monday, he said talks had been initiated with ready mix concrete makers for making such slabs that could be similar to the ones used for pavements in some places.

    "All our bitumen roads take a beating because of rains. It has nothing to do with quality of works because the material corrodes when rain batters it. The best option is cement roads but we can't close them for days. So we hit upon this idea that is being tried in Mumbai," he said.

    Work will begin within the next few days once the specifications are laid out at points like Lakdikapul, Raj Bhavan Road, Begumpet, Punjagutta, etc. In the meantime, minor road repairs, including filling of potholes have been taken up.

    Mr. Jaju estimated that the corporation had suffered a loss of Rs. 22 crores during the recent rain on account of battered roads, damaged drains and electric poles. Relief Commissioner was submitted with the details seeking at least Rs. 15-20 crores for large-scale renewal of roads once weather gets dry.

    He also dwelt at length over the manholes issue. "Cement manhole covers are not ideal as they have to be replaced every two or three years. They do not allow excess water to flow through them into storm water drains during rains," he admitted.

    But, iron manhole covers were being stolen putting MCH in a fix. The only solution, the Commissioner said, was to go for sieved iron manhole covers secured by hinges to prevent thefts and also allow rainwater to flow down easily.

    Manholes over storm water drains were smaller in size and as such did not pose as much danger as those over the main sewer trunk lines, he observed. Mr. Jaju pointed out that there were less reports of water logging on roads compared to last year though the amount of rainfall had doubled this year because of some minor repairs.

    "We have done repairs at 245 water logging points with our own expertise and the results are there to see with Khairatabad junction being a good example," he said.

    Earlier in the day, he evaluated works in Old City and received complaints of bad roads, streetlights and road widening. He assured local corporators that works would be expedited.

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