Motorists can hope to get rid of roller coaster rides in some parts of the city in a couple of months. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation is set to press into service modern machines to repair the battered stretches of city’s thoroughfares. Till now, KMC has bought seven machines for the purpose. The civic top brass has decided to operate pothole repairing, milling and paver machines from early December. The civic body’s road department engineers will experiment with the new pothole repairing machine.
A couple of such machines will be pressed into service on the major thoroughfares that have developed potholes due to rain after the festive season. “We have two pothole repairing machines that will be used for major thoroughfares across the city. We will select roads according to priority and traffic density to use these machines, which will ensure a smooth and time saving exercise,” said a KMC roads department official. Currently, KMC repairs potholes by engaging a road repairing gang and road roller.
According to Ratan De, the member, mayor-in-council overseeing the KMC roads, the pothole repairing machines were bought under the supervision of civic engineers. They felt these machines would take less time in repairing potholes and would not hinder the city’s traffic flow.
“Majority of our roads are now made of mastic asphalt. Once a portion of such road is dug up and water is allowed to enter, major potholes are created. If these potholes are kept unattended or repaired in a haste, large stretches of the road get severely damaged. Our workers can’t match the perfection of a machine in executing the repairing job,” said a civic official.
A pair of milling machines bought by the civic body will be used to relay stretches of major roads, which have either been laid or repaired erroneously. “Often our manual gang repairs some stretches of major roads in a hurry to meet a deadline. However, this creates unnecessary humps or bumps on the road, putting the motorists and bikers at risk. Our milling machines will cut down the unnecessary flab from the surface of the roads to make it safer for people,” said a KMC roads department official. The third type of machines procured by the KMC roads department will ensure smooth surface of a road. The civic body will operate the paver machines after doing necessary repairs with pothole repairing and milling machines. “We will buy more machines once they prove their utilities,” said a KMC roads department official.
Source: Times of India