The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike and Cement Manufacturers' Association are introducing novel technology for maintenance-free roads for the first time in the State.

A demo project of the concrete overlay (white topping) is being taken up on Hosur Road, Bangalore. White Topping, as a technology, has been widely acknowledged by many municipal corporations across the U.S. and Europe. Even in India, this technology has been used by Mumbai Municipal Corporation. The main advantage of this method is that it can be laid on the existing bitumen road by bonding with the existing road and making it a composite section.

According to an official press release here on Thursday, this white topping technology would enhance the life of roads to 25 to 30 years with little or no maintenance and was cost effective when compared with the bituminous roads.

The problem of potholes, rutting which was normally faced by bitumen road users, would be completely avoided. The concrete overlay of the road not only offered comfort driving but was skid resistant during rains. It was least vulnerable to rains or water-logging.

The project is being executed by Binyas Contech Pvt Ltd with state-of-the-art Paver Machine of Allen Buildwell of the U.S. for ensuring excellent quality in road construction. The major companies, ACC, India Cements Ltd. Zuari Cements (Italcement Group) and Ultra Tech Cement Ltd of CMA have provided the Technical Design and funded the entire technology demo project to bring the white topping technology to Bangalore for long-lasting sustainable roads , free of potholes.

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