Recently PWD Minister Deepak Pauskar has stated that the existing potholes on roads at different locations in the State would soon be repaired and many roads would subsequently be hot-mixed.
He also expressed that henceforth the hot-mixed roads would have a life of around 10 years. Of course to achieve this, the contractors would have to maintain the quality of work at all costs. The PWD authorities should see to it that the contractors use good quality of materials and also follow proper procedure while undertaking hot-mixing work.
The contractors found using sub-standard material and compromising on quality of work should be taken to task without any discrimination. Better quality of roads will not only help in assuring safety to precious human lives, but will also go a long way in achieving a sound infrastructure.
It is equally important that the amount of Rs 150 crore allotted by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to the State government for the hot-mixing of its roads is utilised judiciously.