Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will use paver blocks in road construction.
The first ever road with a paver block top will be constructed in Borough X, said Tapan das Gupta, its chairman. Paver blocks will be used on a road in Tilak Nagar off Golf Green. Paver blocks are used instead of tar. Though the initial cost is more, the roads are more durable and smoother as well.
Because of the agencies running utility services, maintenance of roads in the city has become a major problem. The roads that are constructed or upgraded by spending lakhs of rupees are damaged by the utility services within a few months.
It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said at an administrative review meeting that the agencies looking after utility services will have to inform the civic authorities before taking up their work. To get rid of this problem on the Golden Quadrilateral, the utility services like electricity lines, drinking water lines and sewer lines have been shifted to the service road. Thus, when any situation to cut the road arises, the main thoroughfare is not damaged.
It may be mentioned that in Howrah, Dr Bholanath Chakraborty Sarani, which runs in front of Dumurjala Stadium, paver blocks have been used instead of tar and heavy vehicles use the road regularly. But the road has neither been damaged, nor is there any subsidence on any stretch, despite the plying of heavy vehicles. The roads surrounding the stadium are also being constructed with paver blocks.