'Full-fledged pavement mgmt system soon'

The move will help maintain roads, says outgoing PWD SE

'Full-fledged pavement mgmt system soon'

 The Public Works Department of Mangalore Circle will introduce the full-fledged Pavement Management System (PMS) soon, enabling to take up consistent and cost-effective decisions related to the maintenance and management of the PWD roads, informed outgoing PWD Superintending Engineer B S Balakrishna.

Speaking to media persons, after the farewell ceremony at his office on Wednesday, he said the development of software for the PMS to store information of 25 years is under progress. About 50 per cent of the work related to software upgrade and implementing the system has been completed and it will be implemented in a full-fledged way soon. Bar charts with graphic representations too have been designed already as a part of the PMS, said Balakrishna.

Speaking about some of the initiatives that were taken up during his tenure as the Superintending Engineer, to improve the work standards in PWD, he said that due to the regular monitoring of reports, no work is pending related to the administrative section, technical section, financial bid and technical bid as on Wednesday.

“Though there has been a general complaint about the quality of the bitumen supplied by the MRPL and also about the bituminous roads getting damaged very often at the earlier stages, it is not the reality. The fact is that 60/70 grade bitumen which is supposed to be used in the road work is good at quality and the work done with this bitumen has performed well. Hence, strict instructions were issued to use 60/70 bitumen grade only and the Executive Engineers were asked to check the invoices before accepting the bill,” said the SE.

On asked about the progress of new Circuit house building work in the city, he said the work would be completed by December.
DH News Service

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