Pune city imports high tech machine to repair potholes on roads
Does the civic authorities have any policy to fill up potholes appearing on roads. During rainy season and after the monsoons are over, potholes appearing on the roads including highways are a recurring problem which the society is facing in many parts of the country. One of the Chief Ministers remarked, 'I have got reports that deep craters have been formed in many places in the city due to rain'.
From safety point of view, the above issue assumes importance. It is good to read that Pune
Municipal Corporation (PMC) has plans to repair potholes as soon as they appear. The civic body has imported a machine from New Zealand. Called as Jetpatcher, it is fully automatic and can even work during rain. Before the arrival of the monsoon, the PMC was to repair nearly 1.6 lakh sq metres of roads as a part of the pre monsoon work. But when the monsoon did come, PMC had completed 96,000 sq metres area of roads.
The heavy rainfall in July exposed the poor preparation of the PMC as almost all roads were pothole ridden. The road department staff had a tough time filling up the potholes. Now with the help of Jetpatcher the road department will fill up the potholes faster and with better results.
A spokesperson adds, "Right from cleaning the pothole to adding the final layer, the machine does all the work as it is fully automatic. It has a blower, which cleans the potholes. After cleaning, a layer of tar is added with jet speed followed by cold mix and a final layer of tar is added to level the pothole. The machine takes only five to ten minutes to fill up potholes, which will help us repair long stretches of road in quick time. "
Perhaps, the above equipment should be indented in other parts of the country as well for getting a better solution to the above recurring problem. Such moves will help enhance the road safety aspects and the driving community will be at ease while driving and therefore chances of road accidents will drop if driving conditions are made better by removing potholes and craters appearing on roads. Also a proper policy in this regard should be in place for getting proper guidance by the concerned.