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Nagpur Municipal Corporation Seeks 700 Crore for Two More Cement Road Projects, ET Infra


NAGPUR: After converting 690 kms of tar roads into cement concrete structures, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has again approached the Maharashtra government seeking ₹700 crore for implementing two more cement road projects under phases V and VI.

“The NMC now plans to concretize roads that connect cement roads that will be built under phase IV, but is yet to identify the exact roads,” NMC’s chief engineer (PWD) Rajiv Gaikwad told TOI.

Gaikwad said the civic body has already converted 690 kms of tar roads into cement concrete under phases I, II and III while 1,556 kms are tar roads.

Under phase IV, 33 roads covering 23.45 km in length will be taken up for concretization. Tenders for the ₹300 crore phase IV project would open on January 5, said Gaikwad.

The city, spread over 227.29 sq kms, has a road network of about 3,549 kms. Of this, NMC manages 2,406 kms, Nagpur Improvement Trust covers 965 kms, state public works department and National Highways Authority of India regulate 148 kms and 30 kms respectively.

Of the total 3,549 kms of roads in the city, about 105 kms are kuccha roads which is a matter of concern for motorists.

Most of the kuccha roads are situated in the city’s outskirts. Former BJP corporator from east Nagpur Rajkumar Sahu claimed that many areas in east Nagpur have kuccha roads only. Sahu said he had submitted proposals to convert kuccha roads into either tar or cement roads. Localities like Vijay Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Sahakar Layout, Radhakrishna Housing Society etc are the worst affected.

While cement roads are promoted as an answer to good connectivity, sources pointed out poor monitoring during execution of road projects across the city. Most cement roads constructed by the civic body have developed cracks. Citing an example, sources pointed out a patch between Traffic Park junction and Alankar Talkies which has developed huge cracks on either side of the cement road. However, no efforts were made by the civic body to repair them.

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