Whitetopping – The Optimal Solution to Redefine Visakhapatnam’s Roads

Daily commuting for the citizens of Visakhapatnam continue to deteriorate due to the increase in potholes and the lack of road maintenance. Worsening road infrastructure intensifies the negative impact on the residents’ lifestyle with the rise in vehicular traffic and road accidents, thus, increasing number of accidents and deaths reported due to potholes on a regular basis. This predicament prevails not only in Visakhapatnam but all across India.

With the current state of Visakhapatnam roads coupled with the fact that India’s existing urban road infrastructure is deteriorating rapidly, Whitetopping, in this respect, is the optimal solution to ensure safer and durable roads with minimum repairs over its entire lifecycle of 20 years. It is not only durable and sustainable in nature but will also facilitate an enhanced commuter experience and reduce road accidents due to potholes.

The technology has gained widespread popularity and public acceptance due to its holistic benefits, such as being environmentally friendly and highly economical during its lifecycle and most importantly guaranteeing pothole free roads for over 20 years. Whitetopping requires much less maintenance and as such involves much less frequent lane closures of road, as compared to bituminous surfaces. This solution has been implemented across major cities in India and has proved to be a significant game changer, enhancing the road infrastructure of the city and lifestyle of its citizens

Across India, over 1000km of Whitetopping projects have been successfully completed, including construction in major cities such as Hyderabad, Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur, Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai, Belagavi  among others.

Jose Kurian - Former Chief Engineer - CPWDMr. Jose Kurian, Former Chief Engineer, CPWD, states, “India is currently faced with an immense problem of severely damaged riding surface of our roads with extensive potholes, especially during the monsoon. In this respect, Whitetopping-laying a thin layer of concrete over the damaged asphalt surface is widely accepted as the solution for efficiently preventing formation of potholes and transforming our roads to pothole free, highly durable and sustainable for a life of over 20 years. Not only will it reduce the number of accidents and causalities caused by potholes, but will also significantly enhance the riding comfort and save precious fuel, ultimately improving the quality of life of the citizens of our country.”

Sree Ramachandra Murthy, Professor of Civil Engineering, Andhra University shares, “Indian roads’ reputation for being riddled with potholes has been a constant problem for state and city authorities. In Whitetopping, there is a solution which will not solve the perennial pothole problem but also sustain its quality for over 20 years and be a catalyst for economic growth in urban cities. Additionally, it also has a lesser burden on natural resources with reduced utilization of aggregates and minimum repair required over its 20 year long life cycle.”

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