After trying out various technologies from different countries and failing to give Mumbaikars pothole free roads, MCGM is now going to get the Japanese technology in hopes of getting rid of potholes and craters on Mumbai roads. MCGM has already looked to the US, the UK, Canada, and South Africa for a way to end the city’s never-ending battle with potholes, in vain. The civic authorities are hitting the road again in search for a solution and this time they’re going East. They’ve decided to use know-how from Japan to make sturdier roads and also to fill the potholes up. Mayor Shraddha Jadhav and Municipal Commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya visited Yokohama last week. Impressed by the quality of the roads of Japan’s second largest city, the authorities have decided to initiate a pilot project that uses its civic engineers for Mumbai’s roads. Mumbai Mayor Shraddhav Jadhav said that our asphalt roads last a maximum of 10 years. She added that Japan’s roads remain intact even in heavy rainfall which last almost 25 years. She said that the civic body has requested Japan to allow its road-building firms to work in Mumbai. She added that initially a stretch of road with be tested with the Japanese technology and then taken forward. MCGM has earlier imported several pothole-filling technologies such as Carbon Core from South Africa, Jetpatcher machines from the US, Easy Patch from the UK and Metric from Canada, investing a lot of public funds and yet failing to find the right technology for Mumbai roads. However, it’s a hope that Japan would do that for city roads that the others could not do. With cameraperson Raju Sharma, Hansraj Kanojia for NMTV News.
June 10, 2009
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