Hyderabad: Adopting the latest technology to improve road infrastructure, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has been engaged in changing the look of the city roads and the experience of driving on them.
Since last year, the GHMC has intensified efforts in laying Vacuum Dewatered Cement Concrete (VDCC) roads extensively across the city. Till date, nearly 80 km of VDCC roads have been developed out of the proposed 247 km network across the civic body limits.
To avoid rain water stagnation and to ensure longevity, the municipal corporation had decided to go for the VDCC way of road improvement in different parts of the city. The focus has been on laying these roads in colonies and stretches where traffic is relatively less when compared to major thoroughfares.
In the last few months, the municipal corporation has been laying VDCC roads in small portions in few areas. These roads can be laid in small lengths covering about half km or over a km, where water stagnation is a recurring problem or the stretch is prone to repeated damage, a GHMC official said.
At a few places, damaged conventional bitumen roads are being replaced with VDCC roads to ensure longevity and also to avoid uneven surfaces on the stretch.
The newer technology has started to yield positive results wherever it has been put to use. For instance, earlier rainwater used to stagnate in front of Google, Madhapur but after laying the VDCC road, the road conditions have improved, the official pointed out.
Considering these factors, the municipal corporation has now decided to lay VDCC roads extensively across the city and has chalked out plans to adopt the technology for a road network of 247 km. So far, of the earmarked road length, 80 km length has been laid for which the civic body has spent nearly Rs.58 crore, the official informed.
Overall, the municipal corporation plans look at the replacing the existing gravel and metal roads with the vacuum dewatered cement concrete for 247 km road length at a total cost estimate of Rs.187 crore. “Efforts are being made to complete the remaining network of roads by March this year,” said the official.
The municipal corporation is already taking up the Comprehensive Road Maintenance Programme (CRMP) involving private agencies for road maintenance works, including sweeping activity as part of its efforts to ensure pothole-free and blacktop roads in the city. These works will be covering 709 km of major roads and other thoroughfares.
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