Friday, July 17, 2015

Project 4N to fill potholes starts in Kozhikode: The Times Of India

KOZHIKODE: Namukku Niratham Nammude Nirath (Let us fill the potholes on our roads) initiative of the district collector received an overwhelming response from the public and private firms. As the trial run of the initiative was kicked off on Thursday, motorists were finally able to drive smoothly on the East Hill-Karaparamba- Eranhipalam stretch.

The East Hill- Arayidathupalam stretch has been in a bad condition for more than a month as leakage of drinking water pipes and rain had damaged the surface. Shortage of government funds and delay in getting a nod for road work were being cited as the key cause for the damaged roads.

The district collector announced the Namukku Niratham Nammude Nirath (4N) with an aim to seek sponsorship from private firms for repairing the damaged roads in the district.

"Potholes that remain unrepaired for 48 hours or more will be taken up under the 4N project," said district collector N Prasanth. The repair work of roads which the Public works department and city corporation are yet to start will also be included in the 4N scheme, he said.

The district collector urged the public to voluntarily report the potholes and seek action. Apart from swift action, timely information on the development of potholes also is important. The dry run of the project was kicked off on Thursday by Mayor A K Premajam. The East Hill- Arayidathupalam stretch has been included in the dry run.

Those who contribute funds for pothole filling work will be given publicity on a digital screen installed on the road repair vehicle. The one square metre digital screen will display the name of the sponsor who funds the repair work that particular day.

The district administration initiated the project as a Facebook post by district collector received overwhelming response. The district collector had also convened a meeting of the stake holders including contractors, sponsors, officials with Kerala Water Authority and public works department before launching the project.

All those interested to sponsor the project can contact the district administration, said the district collector. The plan is to continue the project after reviewing the success of the dry run.

Work will be carried out after preparing a priority list of roads after evaluating the flow of vehicles and the traffic jam caused by the potholes. As the Uralungal Labour Contractors Cooperative society volunteered to provide workers and instruments for the work, the work was started on Thursday under the leadership of ULCC.

ULCC director M M Surendran, Cyber Park Administrative Manager T K Kishore Kumar, ULCC PRO Abhilash Shankar were present.

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