Whitetopping on ORR to disrupt traffic flow

BENGALURU: Citizens taking the in north and west Bengaluru should brace for more traffic congestion as the (BBMP) is planning to start work along two stretches on the corridor.
The Palike on Monday said its proposal had been approved by traffic police, and that work is likely to begin on the two stretches — from flyover junction to Hennur Road junction (left side of road) and Summanahalli flyover junction to junction (left side) — on August 27.

Work on the Hebbal-Hennur stretch will be completed by November 11 and on the Summanahalli-Nayandahalli stretch by October 26. Traffic along the two roads will be diverted — vehicles plying from Hebbal flyover junction towards Hennur and those coming from Summanahalli junction to Nayandahalli junction will have to take the respective service roads.

The Palike started the first phase of the Rs 723.7 crore project in late 2017, with the intention of whitetopping about 94km of roads across the city. However, it was forced to suspend work after citizens started complaining of heavy traffic due to the roads being cordoned off. Since then, it has resumed work in fits and starts, but the progress has been slow.

“Work had stopped before the elections in April, and we only got permission to start it on these two stretches last week. As of now, 24km of roads have been whitetopped,” said a senior BBMP engineer.

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