Road & Transport Ministry Maps Entire NHs to Remove Potholes

The government has been taking steps to address the problem, but it has been a long-standing challenge.

Road & Transport Ministry Maps Entire NHs to Remove Potholes

The Road Transport and Highways Ministry has mapped the entire national highways network of 1.46 lakh kilometers to remove potholes, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Friday. He also said that the ministry is firming up performance-based maintenance and short-term maintenance contracts to expedite the pothole-filling process.

Potholes are a major problem on Indian highways, causing inconvenience to motorists and posing a safety hazard. The government has been taking steps to address the problem, but it has been a long-standing challenge.

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The mapping of the entire national highway network is a first step towards addressing the pothole problem. This will help the ministry to identify the areas where potholes are most prevalent and to prioritize pothole-filling efforts.

The performance-based maintenance and short-term maintenance contracts are also aimed at expediting the pothole-filling process. Under these contracts, the contractors will be paid based on the quality and timeliness of their work. This will give contractors an incentive to work quickly and efficiently to fill potholes.

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Gadkari said that the ministry is committed to removing all potholes from national highways within the next six months. He said that the government is also working on a long-term solution to the pothole problem, such as using better quality materials and construction practices.

The mapping of the national highways network and the introduction of performance-based maintenance contracts are welcome steps. These measures should help to expedite the pothole filling process and improve the safety of national highways.

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