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'Mixure of cold mix and powdered rubber tyres can patch potholes in Mumbai'

Sharad Ugade, Asst Municipal Commissioner from G North ward, would have never imagined that something he learnt during his engineering days could be put to use in solving one of city’s biggest problems -- potholes.


Hi-tech: Use of rubber will simply hold the mixture together, which will reduce its chances of degeneration of the mix that results in potholes

Ugade plans to initiate a project, which will use BMC’s technique of repairing potholes using cold mix technology and put his own twist on it by adding powdered rubber tyres to the mixture. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Corporator Sandeep Deshpande has agreed to support this endeavour, which will be implemented on small roads in and around Dadar area.

The idea behind this initiative came about during a meeting between Ugade and Deshpande who were discussing the pothole menace in the city. If the pilot project sees some success, Deshpande will take it to a larger level covering bigger areas in the city. Use of rubber will simply hold the mixture together, which will reduce its chances of degeneration of the mix that results in potholes.

A senior official from G-north ward confirmed the plan and said, “There are chances of this project being successful and once it is successful the roads will be smooth again. We will first try this technology on minor roads as the budget has been allotted only for minor roads in order to check the success rate of the plan.”

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been using the cold mix technology, which has not proved very effective since after every rainfall potholes multiply rapidly. Volunteers from MNS have collected more than 1,000 tyres and have sent the same to a factory in Rajasthan that will pound it turning the tyres
into 500 kg of rubber powder.

Sandeep Deshpande, said, “Even if there are no funds coming in from the ward, we will go ahead and implement it on major roads. I will put some funds from my own pocket and get the BMC labourers to help us out. We are confident that this will work and moreover we are doing this so that there is at least some hope of having newer technology which might be helpful.”  

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