MCD plans to bring new technology for strong roads

To ensure longer life for city roads, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi is set to propose an ambitious Rs 1,000 crore scheme to build roads across the capital which will be 10-12 inches thick.

Last Updated: Jan 27, 2011, 21:27 PM IST

New Delhi: To ensure longer life for city
roads, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi is set to propose an
ambitious Rs 1,000 crore scheme to build roads across the
capital which will be 10-12 inches thick.
Chairman of MCD Standing Committee Yogender Chandolia
today said he will bring a proposal to this effect while
presenting the civic agency`s budget estimates for 2011-2012
at a meeting of the MCD House tomorrow.

"We want to ensure longer life for city roads. The plan
is to use ready mix concrete technology and pebble machines to
build roads which will be 10-12 inches thick. To avoid the
problem of digging by various agencies, space will be kept on
the sides for utilities," he said.

The proposal envisages spending of Rs 1,000 crore for
using the technology in prominent roads in the city as well as
in some rural areas, Chandolia said adding some 1000-1500 km
of roads are planned.

If the proposal gets a nod from the MCD House, work can
be initiated in July-August this year, he said.

“The initial estimates say the cost might be Rs one crore
per km, which may change after final estimates. There will be
a 25-year guarantee for the roads. A similar project is in the
pipeline in the city of Nagpur," Chandolia said.

He said the MCD plans to zero in on only two or three big
companies for the scheme, for which tenders will be invited.

To ensure that the quality is maintained, the civic body
plans to start payment to contractors in instalment only after
five years. "We will pay through bank agreement," Chandolia
said.

Asked whether companies will be ready to spend money on
such a project when the payment will come only after five
years, he said it will not be a problem for big contractors.
Six km of long-life roads, built using a different
technology, was recently unveiled by Chandolia in Sadar Bazar
area of the walled city. "The ready mix concrete (RMC) plant
for the same has been installed in the vacant site of old
Idgah slaughterhouse," Chandolia said.

PTI