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Construction : Web Exclusive | August 2013 | Source : Construction Update

Hyderabad needs all-weather roads: Experts

Fed up with the travel on Hyderabad roads, experts have suggested the government to call in global experts and build one or two model roads in the city and follow such method of constructing long-lasting roads. As the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is not following a professional approach for road building and maintenance, and thats why most of the city roads are now in a bad shape, experts like S Nagabhushan Rao, adviser to the World Bank-aided Road Safety Project in Andhra Pradesh have said.

Driving on the city roads has become a torment. Several roads in the city have not been repaired at all since a long time and the ones repaired by GHMC have turned worst than before due shoddy work.

The roads will continue to pose a major problem every year, particularly during the monsoon, say experts. Suspecting nexus between the GHMC officials and contractors, social activists have even demanded CBI probe into the road works.

Now some experts are demanding the government for a global professional agency to be called in to build one or two ‘all-weather roads’ that last for at least 10-years to demonstrate that such a thing is possible. What causes great damage to roads is the poor drainage system. If rain and drain water stagnates on the road nothing can save the bitumen from being washed away, a transportation expert said. There must be a drainage system on either side of roads for the bitumen to last longer.

What is needed is strengthening of the road base, the layers and the entire road itself after a detailed evaluation of the present and projected traffic volume and load, Nagabhushan Rao said. He pointed out that roads must be regularly maintained instead of the ‘damage management’ that is being done currently.

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