ZP to 'mend' their roads by Dec end

The Zilla Panchayat authorities are getting ready to take up patchwork on the roads, which will commence soon.

Extended spell of monsoon up to November (or sometimes till December), has proved to be bugbear for the authorities, who have been thinking twice before attending to the road repair work.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Zilla Panchayat CEO Dr K N Vijayaprakash said that the patch work on roads maintained by the Zilla Panchayat will be taken up at the earliest.

“We could not take up patchwork as heavy rain lashed over the district even during last two weeks. However, the materials have been kept ready by the contractors to take up the work. About 7,916 km road come under Zilla Panchayat, of which, potholes filling work will be taken up on 2,653 km road in the district.”

He said potholes on the main roads will be filled and will be made motorable. In fact, resurfacing on some stretch of the road will be taken up. A proposal of Rs 13.14 crore has been sent to the government for taking up the work on patchwork of the road. The authorities have decided to spend Rs 50,000 for per kilometre road for filling the potholes.

In the recently submitted ‘Vision 2020’ documents by the Zilla Panchayat to the Chief Minister, a sum of Rs 87,526 lakh has been earmarked for maintaining 5,314.32 km road.

The ‘Vision 2020’ document stated “on an average the region receives 4,000 to 4,200 mm rain fall annually. Owing to the lack of maintenance the roads get damaged every year. At the same time plying heavy vehicles aggravate the situation. There is a need for annual maintenance of the road.”

It may be recalled that Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda during his visit to the district recently had directed the officials concerned to take up the work on road and make the road motorable by December end and also submit a report to him on the same.

MCC roads
Though majority of main roads in Mangalore City Corporation were concreted, the interior roads are still in deplorable condition. To fill the potholes, a proposal of Rs 3.50 crore has been submitted to the Government for approval. The patch work on Ambedkar Circle to Bunts’ Hostel road has commenced on Monday, said sources in the MCC.

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