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85% of new roads bad; to be re-laid

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The Hindu               15.02.2014

85% of new roads bad; to be re-laid

shoddy job:Kothwal Chavadi’s Anna Pillai Street was re-laid on February 7 but has failed lab tests. The contractor has been asked to work on it again —Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
shoddy job:Kothwal Chavadi’s Anna Pillai Street was re-laid on February 7 but has failed lab tests. The contractor has been asked to work on it again —Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

Contractors engaged by the Chennai Corporation to lay roads will have to buck up and deliver on quality hereafter.

After finding 85 per cent of the newly-laid roads screened this week to be of inferior quality, the civic body has sternly told the contractors to scrape the roads and relay them as per specifications.

“As many as 23 of the 27 roads have failed the test on the required binder content. We have issued notices to the contractors to scrape out the entire road and carry out the work again,” said a senior official.

From this week, the civic body’s newly-created quality control wing has been enforcing the norms of road re-laying.

Following a major administrative revamp of the civic body, the 21-member wing collected samples for ‘core cut sample test’ from 27 roads in the first few days.

Officials have collected samples from areas such as George Town, Royapuram and Manali. “Anna Pillai Street in the busy, commercial neighbourhood of Kothwal Chavadi was re-laid on February 7. But, with just 2.85 per cent of the 3.3 per cent of bitumen mix required, the road has failed lab tests. The contractor did a shoddy job. We have issued notice and ordered the road be laid again,” said an official of the quality control wing.

Some other roads, such as MMDA 9{+t}{+h}Street, 14{+t}{+h}Street, 102{+n}{+d}Street in Manali zone, also failed the lab test.

R.K. Nagar First Street in ward 57, Umberson Street in ward 56 and Davidson Street in ward 56 have also failed the test.

“We will visit other parts of the city shortly. Contactors will be forced to carry out the work again if roads fail the test,” said an official.

A few weeks ago, the civic body had completed a video-recording of newly re-laid roads in the 15 zones. Potholes were identified on a few stretches and contractors were asked to repair them.

But the new initiative through the quality control wing will facilitate complete makeover of the roads as the contractors will have to adhere to quality norms, officials said.

The civic body has already enhanced the guarantee period of roads to five years, in most projects. Road contractors have to maintain the stretches in good condition for the period, as per their agreement, an official said.


Vellore Corporation Goes Hi-tech for Streetlight Upkeep

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The New Indian Express             01.02.2014 

Vellore Corporation Goes Hi-tech for Streetlight Upkeep

The Vellore Corporation is set to introduce a high-tech system to monitor and maintain streetlights.

In the next couple of weeks, a Geographic Information System (GIS) to monitor streetlight would be implemented as a public-private partnership project at an estimated cost of `8 crore.

The project aims at cutting down the power consumption and improve the efficiency of monitoring and maintenance.

Corporation Engineer A P Baskaran said the new system, among facilitating other things, would help the Corporation in getting immediate feeedback about the performance of the streetlights,

This would help cut down the power consumption and the electricity bills by at least 40 per cent, he added. 

The Corporation presently has around 17,726 streetlights within the city limit.

A Coimbatore-based company had conducted a study on the wastage of illumination, pole placement, lighting ambience and replacing the current lighting pattern with advanced LED/CFL lighting system, covering all parts of the city in the past two months and had  come up with a report.

The company analysed also the lighting pattern and the electricity consumption in the last three years, that was taken as the baseline for the study.

This report would be validated by a third party and the project would be implemented in the next couple of weeks, Baskaran said.

“It may be completed in the next three or four months,” noted the Corporation Engineer.

Once the project is implemented, the entire streetlights could be monitored by a team of professionals from the company working on a contract basis for the next 10 years.

They would be provided with vehicles and uniforms by the Corporation.

Complaints about the street lights would be addressed instantly as the entire street lighting could be monitored by the Corporation online.


Cabinet okays five signal-free roads, upgrade of seven others

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The Hindu             29.01.2014 

Cabinet okays five signal-free roads, upgrade of seven others

Special Correspondent

To ensure smooth flow of traffic, the State Cabinet has decided to develop five signal-free corridors in Bangalore.

A meeting of the State Cabinet held here on Tuesday decided to develop five signal-free roads — Dr. Rajkumar Road (Yeshwanthpur Circle to Okalipuram Road), Hosur Road (Central Silk Board to Vellara Junction); Outer Ring Road (Mysore Road junction to Central Silk Board); Old Airport Road (Vellara junction to Kundalahalli via Whitefield), and Mehkri Circle to Hope Farm via Old Madras Road.

Sources in the government told The Hindu it was decided to take up road improvement work near Vidhana Soudha. Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. had been told to expedite the work near its project area.

To ease traffic

The Cabinet decided to upgrade seven major roads in the central business district and bids would be invited under Tender SURE (Specification for Urban Road Execution).

The roads to be upgraded are St. Mark’s Road, Residency Road, Richmond Road, Cunningham Road, Vittal Mallya Road, Commissariat Road and Museum Road. The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) would upgrade these roads. The decision was taken to avoid traffic congestion in the central business district.

The BBMP had discussed the road projects in detail and negotiated the price for works.

The government has proposed to develop 45 roads in the city under the SURE. It was proposed to develop seven roads under package I, six roads under package II and five roads under package III.

A sum of Rs. 200 crore has been set aside for road-widening work in the 2012–13 BBMP budget.


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