BBMP to use cobblestones to fill footpath, white top gaps

A motorist struggles to get onto the asphalted road from the half complete white-topped pavement on Mysore Road on Saturday. Photo Srikanta Sharma R.

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike would use cobblestones to plug the gap between the kerb stone footpaths and the white top being laid in some areas.

The civic body has decided to put the granite stone to cover the gap that causes severe inconvenience to commuters in many areas where the road laying work is ongoing. It is currently laying white-topped roads at Mysuru Road, near MN Krishna Rao Park at Basavanagudi, Koramangala 20th main and Goraguntepalya.

In the white-topping, concrete blocks are placed on the road’s surface to prevent potholes, but this has raised the level of the road’s surface by six inches. As a result a yawning gap has developed between the kerb stoned footpath and the white-topped roads.

A senior BBMP officer said: “We will be covering the gap between the kerb stone and the white-topped road with cobblestones made out of granite.”

Unlike the ones used in Church Street, the cobblestones used on the white-tops would be much sterdier to bear the weight of the vehicles.

Commuters passing through these roads are finding it harder to adjust the height in the surface level. “We’ll have to be pretty careful on this stretch as the height is too much,” said Shubangi Modi from Basavanagudi.

Manjunath B S, who commutes from Chamarajpet to Vijayanagar, said commuting along the Mysuru Road stretch has become difficult in peak hours due to the difference in height. “The vehicle cannot move smoothly between two different levels. We’ve to be extremely careful,” he added.

Shopkeepers at Mysuru Road and officers of Bengaluru Traffic Police have laid brickbats on the unfinished portion of the road to help the vehicles pass through smoothly. “The work will be completed in ten days,” assured the BBMP officer.

 

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