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The jute way Jute-reinforced fibre is an emerging new material that offers compressive strength and arrests crack propagation in structures, explores AHLAM RAIS. In the past few decades, various materials have emerged to ease the construction process. Jute-reinforced fibre is one such material developed at IIT- Kharagpur in West Bengal that offers compressive strength and arrests crack propagation in structures.
Web Exclusive | November 2012

Mumbai to get Rs 529-cr for road works

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation plans to carry out roadwork worth a whopping Rs 529 crore in south Mumbai - more than half the amount the civic body spent on relaying roads across the entire city last year.

This may well be the largest set of road contracts the BMC has awarded to a single region. Earlier this year, the BMC had handed out road contracts worth Rs 365 crore for roads in the western suburbs.

An official from the roads department of the BMC said that the civic body has doubled the roads department budget from last year. Hence, it was imperative for the BMC to spend more money on improving roads.

The BMC is planning to relay 129 roads in south Mumbai. Of this, it plans to relay a majority - 102 roads - with asphalt and the remaining 27 with cement-concrete.

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