SRINAGAR: Daily downpours and limited hours for transportation of macadam in Srinagar city have become a worry for the hot-mix plant owners who say that it could eat up most of their limited summer time to lay fresh layers of macadam.
Vice president of the Chamber of Kashmir Hot-mix Plant Owners (CKHPO), G J Purza, told Kashmir Reader that macdimisation, which begins in June and ends by August, has to contend with the limited time allowed for the movement of trucks through the city.
“Traffic department during the day allows us to ferry the material between 12 pm to 3pm. The earlier schedule was from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. onwards till 8 a.m.,” he said, adding that this was a major worry for contractors.
The plant owners, Purza said, are hoping that temperatures increase a bit so that they can carry out the resurfacing during night hours as well.
He said that the government this year has plans to resurface (or lay a fresh top) most of the roads. Most of these works, which cost above 100 crore rupees, have been tendered. He said the low pace on carpeting roads is due to inclement weather.
Purza added that Roads and Buildings department will be resurfacing most of the main roads with 40 mm thick semi-dense bitumen macadam, divergent to its earlier norms of 50 mm thick bituminous macadam followed by a 25 mm semi dense bitumen carpet with 6 mm thick seal coat.
He said that to improve the pace and quality of macadamisation, the authorities must restrict the movement of traffic and ask the traffic department to devise diversion plans for the roads that are to be resurfaced.