Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: To ensure pothole-free roads, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi is planning to construct cement roads in the city.

For the first phase of the Rs.150-crore project, the civic body has identified 32 roads that face chronic problem of water-logging during rains.

“The project will get approval from the MCD House on Friday and work will begin soon. A total of 192.46 km of road length will be taken up in Phase I. We hope to complete the work by June 2010 before the onset of the monsoon,” said a Corporation official.

These include roads from Kalkaji to Chittaranjan Park, Paharganj Chowk to Sadar Thana Chowk, internal roads of Roshnara Garden, Kalidas Marg, Qutub Road, the Narela-Bawana stretch and portions of New Rohtak Road.

The official said: “The problem with bitumen roads is that the hot-mix used for making them is prepared in the border areas as hot-mix plants are not allowed in Delhi as per the Supreme Court orders. We are now trying to get permission for setting up of a hot-mix plant in Delhi and have prepared the estimates for it. Compared with bitumen that last for a period of five years, a cement road has a longer life span of 20 years. The long-term plan is to convert bituminous roads into concrete roads in a phased manner. ”

245 roads identified

Municipal Commissioner K. S. Mehra had announced during the budget session 2009-10 that the civic body was planning to make cement roads for improving the riding quality in the city. A total of 245 such roads had been identified for improvement in three phases.