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No compromise on quality, says Vastrad

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He says the thickness of asphalt meets the standards

Cross-checking: Deputy Commissioner P.S. Vastrad, MCC Commissioner K.S. Raykar and Commissioner of Police Sunil Agarwal inspecting the quality of roadworks in Mysore on Wednesday. — PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
Cross-checking: Deputy Commissioner P.S. Vastrad, MCC Commissioner K.S. Raykar and Commissioner of Police Sunil Agarwal inspecting the quality of roadworks in Mysore on Wednesday. — PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Following complaints from members of Mysore Against Corruption (MAC) that roadworks for Dasara on Sayyaji Rao Road (the Raja Marga and Jamboo Savari route) were found to be “substandard”, a team of officials, led by Deputy Commissioner P.S. Vastrad, inspected the works on Wednesday.

He was accompanied by MCC Commissioner K.S. Raykar and Police Commissioner Sunil Agarwal.

‘Standards met'

Later, speaking to The Hindu , Mr. Vastrad said there was no problem with regard to the thickness of asphalt — samples of which were collected from over 30 places — as it was over 25 mm thick on the stretch. The asphalt samples collected at some places were over 29 mm thick. This met the prescribed standards for road construction, he argued.

“The samples had been sent for analysis by experts and the report is awaited,” he said, adding that there would be no compromise on quality.

On the uneven road surface, he said the road camber could be improved. The engineers had been instructed to monitor the technicalities, he said and added that Dasara roadworks would be completed soon in compliance with the standard specifications.

Minister responds

After MAC volunteers exposed flaws in the road-laying on Sayyaji Rao Road, Minister in-charge of Mysore district S.A. Ramdas spoke to R. Balasubramaniam, leader of the movement, on Wednesday and assured him that he would ensure that all roadrepairs, asphalting and tarring works would be done according to the specifications as laid down in the Indian Road Congress provisions.

The Minister has taken note of the points raised by Bapu Satyanarayana, retired Chief Engineer, Ministry of Road Transport, and other members of MAC during their inspection of roadworks on Tuesday.

Appeal

The organisation has appealed to citizens to form groups in their neighbourhoods and report flaws to MAC volunteers if projects for the public were being executed in their areas.

MAC has also requested people to send an SMS saying “I support MAC”, with their name and locality to 9742020970 to create a database of supporters.


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