Road defects

The apathy to the serious damage and tragedies that potholes are causing is shocking (OpEd page, “Fix the pothole problem”, July 17). The quality of roads in general is so poor that it takes just one spell of rain to erase a newly laid road. Potholes are to be filled in the way prescribed and it is obvious that this is not being done. Apart from a loss of lives, the the damage being caused to a person’s body in terms of orthopaedic injuries often goes unreported.

A.G. Rajmohan,

Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh

The passage of a Bill as a remedial measure to ensure pothole-free roads is unattractive. Broadly speaking, there can be two main reasons for potholes surfacing on Indian roads. The first is the poor quality of materials used in laying tar roads and the second is the topping used which is susceptible to damage in the rain. The only way out is to lay concrete roads with the help of international experts.

V. Lakshmanan,

Tirupur, Tamil Nadu

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