Sunday, October 25, 2009

For pothole-free roads

For pothole-free roads


Labourers at work on Raj Bhavan Road on Friday/Nagaraja Gadekal.
Faiza HaneefFirst Published : 24 Oct 2009 12:10:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 24 Oct 2009 09:15:59 AM IST
BANGALORE: To ensure pothole-free roads in the city, the BBMP, with the help of ABIDe has come with a solution pertaining to road restoration work. The BBMP, which had been authorised to take up the restoration work after a road-cutting job that was taken up to lay utilities, has now been freed from this duty. The task has been handed over to the concerned civic agency who takes up road cutting.This move has come since it takes longer for the BBMP to complete road restoration work after the concerned civic agency completes shifting or laying utilities.
Also, because of the delay, the public is inconvenienced and by the time it takes the Palike to call for the tendersand complete the work, the small cuttings starting into craters.
“To avoid the delay and speed up the process of road restoration, BBMP has formed guidelines and as per the PWD Schedule Rate, the concernced civic agency will take up the road restoration work after the road cutting,” said a senior BBMP official.
The Palike has also identified about 1,992 contractors from the city whose names and contact details will be on the BBMP website. The civic agencies should take the service of these contractors and if the job of road restoration is not done accordingly or as per the standards issued by the Palike, they will be blacklisted.
“The departments cannot take the services of other contractors apart from the list we have provided,” the official added. This is to ensure that the contractors take their work seriously and complete the road restoration work in systematic and satisfying manner, explained the official.
The present changes apply to the road cutting work taken up by the civic agencies and not commercial and residential purpose by private agencies.

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