Panaji: Facing intense criticism over the shoddy road works, including roads re-done a couple of months ago being washed away in the first rains this monsoon, PWD Minister Nilesh Cabral on Wednesday launched the jet-patcher machines to repair potholes in the monsoon.
The two jet-patchers - one for each district - were commissioned by Cabral in the presence of Taleigao MLA, Jennifer Monserrate, after engineers and personnel of the PWD underwent training to use them.
The jet-patchers will be used to support the app the PWD is to launch, which will help the public to identify and report potholes and damaged roads.
Cabral said the machines are currently being commissioned on a trial basis and the app will be made public only after the experience and based on these trials.
“Currently, it will be used to mend potholes identified by our engineers and designated staff,” Cabral said.
The Pramod Sawant-led cabinet had recently approved the proposal of taking on board two private agencies which had jet-patchers to help the PWD attend to rain-battered and potholes ridden roads in the State.
According to Cabral, these jet-patcher repaired roads have a guarantee of 18-months.
The jet-patcher machine can suck water from potholes and repair them. It however has limitations to function amid very heavy rainfall.
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