85% of Chennai roads of poor quality, corporation data shows
CHENNAI: Almost 85% of city roads have failed Chennai Corporation's quality test. Data accessed by TOI shows 27 of the 172 samples collected were tested, and only four roads were found to be of standard quality.
Of the samples taken for testing, 12 were collected during re-laying of roads, and nine failed. Of the 15 samples taken from completed roads, just one passed. The corporation had taken up nearly 10,000 roads for relaying at an estimated 400 crore but most re-laid roads, say commuters, began deteriorating within months.
TOI had recently exposed how contractors form cartels to take up work at high cost and compromise on the quality of work. Contractors blame it on institutionalized corruption where 10% of the project cost to is be paid to politicians and officials at different levels.
Corporation officials said they were checking the quality of newly laid roads for the first time. "We will ask contractors to relay these roads and have decided not pay any further amount to them if they fail to do it," said an official.
A quality control wing, comprising 21 employees, has been formed in the corporation. "We procured two mobile vans for site inspections and more samples will be collected from roads for tests," he said.
The quality control wing will conduct inspections to see if the required temperature was being maintained while preparing the aggregate and bitumen mix, said an official. The bitumen content, the level of penetration and road thickness should also be checked, he added.
Commuters say strict punishment to road contractors doing a shabby job will send a message. "Two days after a road is re-laid, it begins developing holes," said Vinod Jain of Sowcarpet.
往来的人们说，对偷工减料的承包商进行严厉处罚，会给他们个警醒。“路面修过才二天，就开始出现孔洞了” Sowcarpet 的费淖德．京说道。
Experts say inviting global tenders can ensure quality. "It cannot be ensured when work is broken into packages and handed out to local contractors. At present, there are no third party inspections to ensure quality. The money should be released only if the contractor follows all guidelines," said Roshan Toshniwal, a road expert with Transparent Chennai, an NGO.
On their part, contractors say they will not get any profit if they follow all guidelines. "The corporation should first stop interference from ward councillors and officials before taking action against us. No bill is passed without 'cuttings' being paid to politicians and officials," said a contractor. The estimated value of a project was always lesser than the market value, he added.
A few experts say systems like the one introduced in Mumbai can help to an extent. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's Rs 60 lakh pothole tracking system allows residents to upload photographs of potholes and geotag them. Once a picture is put up on www.voiceofcitizen.com, a BMC engineer is tasked with ensuring that the contractor concerned fixes it within 48 hours.
SANKILIKALAI GANESAN (Chennai)
I came to know that the contractors paid about 40% to 50% of total estimated cost of a road project as cut-back to the politicians and officials of Chennai Corporation. Then how can they come forward to lay a road with standard quality. Instead of laying black top roads, the corporation may planned to cement roads with provisions for cables, drainage and water lines. After laying a black top road laid using blue metal and bitumen, immediately the telecom, electricity, water and sewerage board personnel damaged for doing repair works or any replacement works. Before laying the road, the corporation personnel should have get clearance from the telecom, electricity, water and sewerage board to avoid damages in the roads immediately after laid down.
They are not only poor, but encroached by Street Vendors, Auto-rickshaw stands and garbage drums.. Over and above, by private cars of those who does not have a car parking.. good example : Ganapthy street, of west Mambalam encroached by all means..
Mukesh Dhakarwal (Unknown)
all india roads are poor
if Chennai roads of poor quality, what are Hyderabad Roads. We do not have words.
Road putting, involves lots of commission, as bribe, to corrupt govt officials and politicians, only when this stops the quality will improve....
Shrinath Saravanan (Unknown)
There are 4 quality roads in Chennai. Oh my, I haven't seen even one.
It is true that Chennai roads are bad compared to other Indian cities like delhi & Mumbai; The 15% roads are only in areas, where ministers, judges live & the route from CM's residence to the secretariat. No contractor will get punished under the dravidian govts. Both DMK & ADMK are equally culprit in this case for the last 30-40 years!!!.
与德里和孟买的街道比较，金奈的不好，这是事实；15%的好路只在部长、法官住的地方，还有首席部长㝢所去办公室的道路。在德拉维（印度原住民）人的政服下没有承包商会受处罚。在过去的30～40年里，DMK 和ADMK 这两个党派同样有罪!!！
Ramaraju (Renigunta) replies to Bharatvasi
So you want North Indian ,national parties to loot. Any day these Dravidian parties are far better.
raamaswamy Ramaswamy (India)
May be the rest 15% rated as good roads lead to MPs., MLAs and Corporators Houses.
VAGABOND (PLANET EARTH)
But it is also sadly true that greasing the politicians and govt staffs itself will eat away half of the estimate sanctioned for the work. Cuttings will erode the quality of the outcome is UN-deniable truth.
For public it is mega corruption but for rulers they are trivial.
Ketan Patel (India)
MAy be this is one of the characteristics of capitalcith in tamilnadu ministers mind.
Mani Menon (Chennai)
I can hear some people laughing all the way to the bank! The contractors perhaps! If the Chennai Corporation is serious about these bad roads, they can rectify this problem. What they need is the will to do it!
Bad roads means more money ! Go on repairing!
Abhishek Dogra (orissa)
leave chennai everywhere its the same case
Chidambarams trucks are all overloaded that's the cause.
Jeyakumar Devairrakam (Unknown)
it is 100% percent for rural roads