Can you imagine roads without potholes this monsoon? Indeed, India’s pothole menace has been a never-ending one, with the country reporting an increasing number of deaths year-after-year. Speaking of hazards, another is the modern-day problem of disposing plastic. Here’s a solution to tackle both these perils together: building plastic roads. Such roads not only prevent potholes but are eco-friendly and cheaper to build and maintain.
Aiming to fix the continual problem of potholes on the roads of Maharashtra, the state government has decided to replace the old system of reactive pothole repairs in favour of awarding annual maintenance contracts for the state roads.
While our roads may be paved with good intentions, do they translate to an easy ride? CW speaks to RTI activists, NGOs, former engineers and audit companies across India and gives you 15 reasons that tell us why Indian roads are the way they are.
Potholes on the busy Bangalore-Mangalore highway's Shiradi Ghat stretch will be filled by January 31. Work of filling potholes has already started. The repair work will be carried out in a transparent mannerm, said the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Oscar Fernandes in Mangalore on December 30.
Milk Colony Road in Madhavaram in Chennai is in a mess and troubling the commuters in the area. It is full of rubble and red sand with potholes. The Road runs the entire length of the colony, and is the only entry and exit point to the area residents.
Stating that faulty road compaction is one of the primary reasons for potholes, the Chennai Corporation has stated that it has set up quality control laboratories in each of its 15 zones to improve the quality of its road construction works.
Huge potholes and craters have dotted most of Visakhapatnam roads due to the recent heavy downpour in the city. Negotiating the potholed roads has become a herculean task for motorists. Many roads of the city were waterlogged.
As per media reports, most parts of the fast-growing Chennai suburban areas roads have developed potholes and citizens in the areas are being troubled a lot as the authorities concerned are not taking timely repairs to the roads. Residents say that the entire 14 km stretch of the Urapakkam GST road, leading to Vandalur and Kelambakkam roads, are filled with potholes, leading to frequent accidents.