Mumbai: paths to get an ultra thin cover to be bumpy

MUMBAI: BMC plans to repair more roads using a ultra thin white coverage ( UTWT ) technology in another attempt to do Mumbai roads no potholes A thin layer of concrete will be placed on the asphalt road, especially where it is not possible to repair the entire road or make it concrete.

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Almost all BMC monsoons are at the receiving end of the amount of potholes. Last year, 162km of roads were improved, of which 65km were concrete. A concrete road lasts up to 30 years, an asphalt road for five years.

Civic officials said it was not possible to construct concrete roads across the city, especially where there are several utility lines below. For such roads, digging them up often is cumbersome and complex, often leading to traffic snarls. Therefore, asphalt roads are constructed in areas where repairs are often undertaken. But with increasing traffic and extreme rainfall, Mumbai roads deteriorate quickly.

“The concrete layer will be thinner than a normal concrete path. Asphalt roads are flexible, therefore, they are largely found throughout the city, since in the case that they need to be excavated, ditches or utility lines can be made. We have used this ultra thin technology before. Now, we are planning more roads with this technology, ”said an official from the roads department.

Lawyer and activist Godfrey Pimenta said the fault was with the quality of the construction. “No reputable road repair contractor comes forward to bid for BMC's work. A cartel has been operating, ensuring that Mumbai has poor quality roads. The elevated Sahar asphalt road is still good, as it was built by a renowned contractor, ”said Pimenta.

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