Monsoon Exposes Poor Quality Road Works in Pune Municipality Areas | Pune News
PUNE: The recent rain in the Municipality of Pune (PMC) revealed the poor quality of the newly constructed arteries.
Potholes have surfaced on the roads under the Default Liability Period (DLP). According to civic data, 22 of the 139 roads under the DLP are damaged. Civic activists said that substandard material and lack of control by municipal authorities are the reasons for the poor quality of work. Officials claimed that earthworks had been carried out on these roads as part of emergency works, which resulted in engorgement as well as potholes. The civic body has planned actions against contractors who have performed substandard work.
According to PMC officials, works such as the 24/7 water supply project and drainage system augmentation carried out on the 22 roads have affected their condition.
The DLP is the period during which contractors can be held liable for the work they have carried out. The maintenance of the facilities is the responsibility of the companies during this period, which is generally three years.
“Roads in our areas were built recently. But the quality of work is so bad that the road could not last even a few months,” said Suraj Gadhavéa resident of the Peth regions.
Sachin Mhasawade from Kasba Peth said roads have been built and resurfaced several times in his area. “Things haven’t improved much even after the roads have been repaired so many times. The roads are still paved with potholes. Commuters are risking their lives traveling on them,” he said.
Activists said city officials were deliberately ignoring contractors’ “misdeeds”. “PMC staff members have a vested interest in digging and restoring roads, so they don’t act harshly against those responsible for the poor quality of roads,” said Vijay Kumbhar of Surajya Sanghshra Samiti, a group of citizens.
According to PMC data, the civic body has repaired more than 1,000 potholes in its jurisdiction. Resurfacing work has been completed in civic areas. Repairing potholes on the roads under the DLP has been given priority.
“The roads under the DLP where no digging has been done are in good condition. We have requested the department concerned to coordinate with the road department before carrying out any further digging works,” said VG Kulkarni, head of the road department of the PMC.
Vikram Kumar, Administrator, PMC, said guidelines have been issued to identify contractors who have compromised the quality of work. “Our officials go to the site to verify the reality of the ground. The cause of the potholes and the quality of the materials used will be checked. After that, action will be taken against the guilty contractors,” he said. .