Mumbai roads are riddled with potholes even during sunny days, making the entire situation pretty dreadful for the commuters.
Anyone who has spent even a few minutes in Mumbai knows that the condition of roads here is pathetic. The city which (almost) floods every year during the monsoon, finds it hard to maintain the integrity of its roads. This can be easily attributed to the water-logging and drain overflows. Mumbai roads are riddled with potholes even during sunny days, making the entire situation pretty dreadful for the commuters.
To make sure that asphalt roads can last longer than usual, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to repair the pothole riddled roads with ultra thin white concrete cover which will not only repair the roads but add a protective layer that lasts longer than asphalt roads.
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In a bid to get rid of the abysmal pothole riddled roads in the city and ensure they last longer, BMC plans to use ultra thin white topping (UTWT). In this method, an extremely thin layer of concrete is laid on top of the roads that are riddled with potholes, the concrete forms a protective layer and makes the road last longer than the basic asphalt road.
This method will especially be useful for topping off the roads that cannot be concretised completely due to the presence of several utility line underneath them. Since concrete roads are not flexible at all and asphalt roads can easily be dealt with, a combination of both has been found the most useful.
While an asphalt road lasts not more than 5 years and a concrete one can last up-to 30 years, an asphalt road topped with ultra thin white topping can last way over 5 years and is much less expensive to maintain than the concrete roads.
Since the technology has been previously used to repair the Capitol Cinema road, it is quite possible for the roads to take on a much different shape and turn out for the better. Let's hope that the commuters in the city can finally take a breath of relief and the UTWT proves to be exactly what BMC is looking for.