All potholes to be covered in 45 days
Commuters in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation limits can expect a smooth ride during the coming monsoon as the civic body has decided to cover up all potholes across the entire 625-sq km area under its jurisdiction without bias in the next 45 days.
The corporation has decided to move a step further by adopting two new technologies which are popular at the international level, leaving behind the conventional hot patch technology that has been in use for decades.
It has zeroed in on two new technologies – cold patch technology and Recycling technology, which are in vogue in big cities across the world, to cover up potholes that have been literally taking a toll on commuters.
"Several European countries are widely using these two technologies to take up road patch up works. We have also decided to use them in the corporation limits,” GHMC chief engineer (CE) K Suresh Kumar told Metro India.
The corporation had already invited tenders to take up the pothole filling works in coming days. According to sources, six international companies have shown interest and have submitted their tenders.
"The technical evaluation of the bids (submitted by the firms) is currently going on. We are trying to complete the process in the next two weeks before going ahead with the allotment of tender process,” Kumar added.
The chief engineer further said that they were keen on experimenting with the recycling and cold patch technologies given their rate of success. He, however, refused to divulge details pertaining to the technical evaluation, which involves factors like cost benefit analysis.
The exercise by the corporation officials is being seen as a major exercise after experiencing unexpected problems following the launching of the innovative ‘Infrared Road Repair System’ initiative, which was christened as ‘Road Doctor’ by GHMC officials in August last.
Touted as the latest technology across the country, the infrared road repair system, which is mounted on a heavy truck, was aimed at repairing potholes in 20 minutes time with minimum traffic disruption and no wastage or excavation while ensuring smooth and seamless permanent patch.
However, the initiative was discontinued after the ‘Road Doctor’ met with an accident on Road no.1 Banjara Hills forcing the officials to rely on the conventional method of pothole filling using hot patch technology.
Although the Infrared Road Repair System is also meant for the usage of hot patch technology like conventional method being followed by the civic body currently, the difference between the two is the presence of labour.
While the conventional method can be executed only with the help of labourers, the infrared technology reduces the number of labourers to a bare minimum of two.