Kochi: With rains receding, the Public Works Department, National Highway Authority of India and corporation authorities have started emergency patch works of damaged roads in the city. The PWD authorities have started works at Shanmugham Road, BTH Road and the stretch from Palarivattom to Kakkanad and other areas in the city where roads are in a poor condition.
“We’ve started only emergency patch works by filling potholes with gravel and concrete powder which is not very effective. Proper tarring is possible only when rain abates,” said P.P. Benny, executive engineer, PWD (Roads).
The National Highway Kodungalloor division is carrying out the repair works at the rundown Edappally railway over bridge and its approach road.
Meanwhile, the corporation authorities, in pursuance of a council decision, have issued notices to contractors seeking an explanation for the damage of roads that were re-laid hardly a year ago.
Most of the roads including those recently re-laid with bitumen macadam and bitumen concrete were damaged in the heavy monsoon. The coat of bitumen laid over the roads was washed away at places. The pothole-filled roads are slowing down the movement of vehicles leading to traffic snarls at several places including major junctions .