COIMBATORE: Yet again, a newly-laid bitumen road in the city has become damaged, showing that the contractor had used low quality materials to construct it.
A part of the road between Gandhipuram Cross Cut Road and Sanganur Canal was damaged on Thursday after a two-wheeler driver applied sudden break. Due to the tyre pressure, the bitumen came off and a pothole was formed. The civic body spent nearly `29 lakh to lay the road. Officials say that motorists should not use the roads as soon as bitumen is laid. They use such roads even when the work is in progress.
When contacted, Mayor P Rajkumar said that he had directed Assistant Executive Engineer Kalavathy to look into it. The road will be relaid if the contractor has used low quality material, he added.
During a recent inspection, Corporation Commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan found black-topping of Selvapuram-Ukkadam road to be of poor quality. The Corporation then imposed a fine on two contractors and asked them to relay the road.
Recently, the civic body laid a bitumen road on Ukkadam-Periyakulam bund after removing paver blocks. “Corporation officials should ensure that works on at least the basic amenities are done well. Public funds should not go down the drain through poor work,” said RTI activist Daniel Jesudass.