The Bangalore Road White Topping Project will begin by February, promising modernization and traffic relief

Bangalore Road White Topping Project: The white topping work, aimed at providing modern facilities and upgrading the major roads of the city, is set to commence by the end of February. This initiative will exclusively focus on roads experiencing heavy traffic.

Bangalore Road White Topping Project

The prestigious M.G. Road, Residency Road, Race Course, K.R. Puram, and 43 other roads, including Circle Road, Jayanagar, Vijayanagar, and Bellary Road, are slated for white topping.

Simultaneously, the white topping project will kick off on the main and sub-main roads of 19 assembly constituencies, connecting to various Tendersure roads. The Detailed Project Report (DPR) for white topping is ready, with tenders expected to be invited in 9 packages by January 20.

BBMP engineers express confidence in completing the white topping promptly. However, issues arise as they initiate roadwork without adequate preparation, leading to delays due to complaints to Jalmandal and BESCOM officials. Notably, the white topping work on Gubbi Thotadappa Road (in front of the railway station), which began in November 2022, is still ongoing.

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Concerns have been raised about the potential increase in vehicular traffic in commercial areas and major roads if these projects extend over several years. Traders like Santhosh criticize BBMP engineers for their initial confidence followed by inactivity, causing anxiety for those affected.

In an attempt to address the city’s traffic congestion, the Directorate of Urban Land Transport is introducing automatic signal technology. The ‘Moderato System’ is set to be implemented in 28 circles on MG Road, Old Madras Road, and Hosur Road, coinciding with the commencement of white topping on these roads. Locals have questioned whether this system will disrupt the ongoing roadwork.

Clarifying the timeline, BBMP Principal Engineer B.S. Prahlad assured that the government-approved white topping works will commence by the end of February and be completed within 18 months. Acknowledging the potential for traffic congestion in the heart of the city during the project, Prahlad emphasized proactive measures, in collaboration with the police, to minimize disruptions. “We are committed to completing the work on schedule,” he affirmed.

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