Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Musings - Digging roads

Why do our civic authorities dig and repeatedly dig the roads and footpaths that have been laid?

Is it not common sense to build a duct (or a set of ducts each at multiple levels) on each side of the road which holds all the necessary infrastructure like water lines, sewerage lines, electricity cables, fiber optic cables, phone cables, cable TV cables with regular cross-over conduits to the other side of the road and have management points / huts separately for each?

This would be cost effective in the long run and any problems can be quickly identified and fixed.

Chennai's Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) seems to have something like this and this could be applied to all major roads at least and make it a discipline for new layouts.


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