Ongoing white-topping threat to motorists, pedestrians

The ongoing white-topping of the Vanivilas Road in Basavanagudi is posing a danger to motorists. The main concern is the height of the road, which, at the moment, is considerably higher than that of the footpath.

The BBMP project to lay concrete roads -- white-topping as it is known in official parlance -- is turning into a never-ending nightmare for the citizens. In the past two years, the civic body has initiated white-topping in many stretches across the city.

Along the 350-metre stretch from Lalbagh West Gate to the National College flyover, the work has been taken up by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) as part of one the white-topping packages.

The ongoing white-topping of the Vanivilas Road in Basavanagudi is posing a danger to motorists. The main concern is the height of the road, which, at the moment, is considerably higher than that of the footpath.

“This work is moving at a snail’s pace. The concrete road is almost a foot higher than the existing road and makes it impossible for us to ride our vehicles on this stretch,” Gurumurthy S, a resident told DH. 

According to another commuter, the traffic jams have worsened. "Walking on the footpath has become impossible, and motorists, especially two-wheeler riders, risk life and limb when they go anywhere near these sites,” said Prasanna Kumar.

Meanwhile, the BBMP is of the view that the project taken up in the stretch is going smooth and the work will be completed soon. “White-topped roads last 20 to 30 years and do not require any major maintenance. We are working day and night to complete the project in the stretch. We will put up the slabs to level out the footpath and the road to avoid accidents,” said a BBMP official.

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