Now,heavy vehicles blamed for deteriorating city roads

Passing the buck: BMC told to stop entry of HMVs at city’s 2 check nakas

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:August 15, 2013 2:36 am

In another round of the blame game that continues for the fourth week,the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s standing committee on Wednesday said overloaded heavy motor vehicles (HMVs) were responsible for the deteriorating condition of the city’s roads.

A day after the civic body presented its affidavit to the Bombay High Court on the city’s pothole problem,the standing committee instructed the civic administration to stop the entry of HMVs at the city’s two check nakas.

Standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale said,“Every day on an average,15,000 HMVs enter the municipality limits. In most cases,the vehicles are overloaded and ultimately the intense pressure put on roads affects its quality,leading to its deterioration. We should ban such vehicles from entering octroi nakas after checking their weight.”

He added that the state regional transport office (RTO) was responsible for vehicles entering the city in such large numbers. “The RTO is not looking into such issues,despite our regular complaints,so it is up to us to take a call on the issue,” Shewale said.

Meanwhile,the committee has asked the civic administration to tender for Ultra Thin White Topping (UTWT) technology to resurface minor roads. In the UTWT technology,hot-mix asphalt is laid along a cement concrete layer of about 100 mm thickness. Shewale also demanded that the corporation initiate a ducting system for underground utilities.

“The roads department should include our suggestions in the action plan on road works before it submits it in HC. A special meeting will be held to discuss the issue again,” Shewale added.

However,additional municipal commissioner S V R Srinivas,in-charge of the roads department,said the plan for ducting will have to be reconsidered as the procedure was complex and time-consuming. Instead,he said in the short-term action plan as submitted before the HC,the BMC will focus on ensuring all pre-monsoon works on roads were completed ahead of time.

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