After some recently re-laid city roads developed potholes and mounting protest against potholed thoroughfares, the civic administration has begun to act.

Some important thoroughfares that have been damaged include the stretch in the Chittoor Road-Vaduthala sector, Deshabhimani Road, and Perandoor Road. Vehicular movement in these sectors has been severely hit.

The PWD road near Pyari Junction in West Kochi has become non-motorable.

Besides the roads owned by the Kochi Corporation, some city passages under the PWD and the Greater Cochin Development Authority too have been damaged. The civic authorities have decided to engage external agencies to repair the roads owned by it, said P.M. Harris, chairman of the works standing committee of the corporation.

Meanwhile, the corporation executive engineer has issued a notice to E.K. Muhammed Kunju, the contractor who re-laid SRM Road, holding him responsible for the damage caused to the road. The road work was launched under the People’s Plan Programme.

However, huge potholes developed on the road within six months of re-laying it, badly affecting vehicular movement. The civic body has also issued a letter through registered post, asking the contractor to repair the road at his own expense within seven days of receiving the notice. The assistant executive engineer was also asked to file a report in this regard, he added.

Even though the corporation has asked the contractor to repair the road within a week, the work is unlikely to be completed within the specified time. The contractor is understood to have informed the civic authorities that they may have to wait for the rain to subside.

Meanwhile, indications are that the civic body will have to repair some roads that were built using Bitumen Macadam Bitumen Concrete (BMBC) technology using its own funds.

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