Cement road develops crack within5years

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 May 2017 10:56:47

Special Correspondent,

■ Cement road stretch on Great Nag Road needs urgent repairs

■ Promised to last for at least 30 years

■ Janmanch’s public audit reveals pathetic condition of Great Nag Road

THE second public audit of the cement road conducted by
Janmanch- a social organisation once again exposed the tall claims of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) that the cement roads would be maintenance free for atleast next 30 years. The cement road stretch between Reshimbag Square to Juni Shukrawari,was opened for public in 2012. But within five years, this road has developed several huge cracks, pavement work is not done by the contractor Unity Infra projects Limited even after five years.The cement road is in pathetic condition and requires immediate repairs. The cement road constructed with such a fanfare, requires maintenance within just five years,badly exposes the exaggerated claims of civic body that these roads will remain maintenance free for next three decades.

The audit conducted on the lines of on-the-spot verification of official claim done for irrigation projects by Janmanch, once again exposed the official agencies and contractors who apparently made tall claims but executed very shoddy work.

Janmanch conducted its first public audit of West High Court Road being developedas the first Smart Street of Nagpur. The second public audit was done on Great Nag Road on Thursday morning.This is one of the busiest roads of the city. Thousands of vehicles ply on this road everyday facing pathetic condition of the road.Adv.Anil Kilor, President of Janmanch stated that the civic body has miserably failed to maintain the quality of the road.

The huge public money is involved in constructing cement
road. The civic body had made complete payment of this road without completion of the work.

He said, “We are not against any agency or contractor but we are citizens of Nagpur. It is our duty and responsibility to keep a close watch on work done by the different agencies
in the city involving huge public money. Our aim is to check quality of work in the city and we will be very happy if we find that the agency has executed quality work.”
Amitabh Pawade, former Executive Engineer of Airport Authority of India (AAI) led the second public audit of the road from Reshimbag square to Juni Shukrawari square. Narendra Borkar, Executive Engineer of NMCwas also presen along with his team during audit.

During audit, longitudinal cracks were found inevery panel
ofthis stretch of cement road. The cracks were deep, large,
wide and visible with naked eyes at Juni Shukrawari square. The road was constructed in 2012 and 2013 and opened for traffic. The cement and sand from the surface ofthe road has been washed out in every panel and it may damage tyres of the vehicles. The pavement work on the shoulder of the road is yet to be completed.

The Indian Road Congress (IRC) report state dabout cement
road that, “The slabs with full depth cracks are totally unacceptable as it amounts to structuralfailure.Besides other cracks which are deep and are likely to progress in depth with time are also to be considered as serious in nature.”

Pawade said,the cracks are longitudinal, transverse, and diagonal across the panels.The longest crack is about 22 meters, it is 6 inch wide and almost 20 centimeters deep. There are several cracks on the panels of cement
road.The sub grade is slushy and if it is not handled immediately, it will permanently damage road
and will be uneconomic to repair. The joint ceiling material used between two cement panels is not upto the mark. The deep camber on pavement is hazardous for traffic, the drainages are choked.

The cement road is mainly constructed by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) with the financial help from Maharashtra
Government and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT). All three agencies are investing Rs 300 crore every year in cement road construction. The civic body did not clean
the storm water drain of the road and this may cause flood. The construction of storm water drain is also incomplete.

Prof. Sharad Patil, Prakash Itankar, Adv. Manohar Radke,
Naresh Kshirsagar, Ram Akhre, Manohar Khorgade, Shrikant Daud,  Ashok Kamdi, Rajesh Kilor, Ramesh Borkute, Ashu
Dabholkar, T B Jagtap, K D Dabholkar, Sudhanshu Mohod, Prakash Gaurkar, Baba Rathod, Kishor Gulhane,Ganesh Kharche were present.