Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Build road on road suggests NRN

‘Roads on Stilts’ will ease traffic: Infy chief

Mr Narayana Murthy said the elevated roads wiould considerably reduce commuting time for those working in Electronic City.

In a bid to ease traffic congestion in Bangalore, particularly on Hosur Road that leads to Electronics City, Infosys Technologies Chairman N R Narayana Murthy has suggested construction of “roads on stilts.”

Talking to mediapersons on sidelines of “Campus Connect”, an industry-academia partnership here on Tuesday, Mr Murthy said “roads on stilts” were nothing but elevated roads. He said the elevated roads could considerably reduce the commuting times for those working in Electronics City.

“An elevated four-lane highway would cost Rs 12 crore per kilometre and an eight-lane highway an additional Rs four crore. If one collected just Rs ten per month from each of the 40,000 employees working in the Electronic City, at the end of the year it will be a major contribution. But this small amount will help in saving one hour per day, thereby paving the way for increase in production,'' he said.

Besides this, Mr Murthy suggested that the government would raise loans for construction of these roads.

Electronics City is home to several software biggies including Infosys, Wipro and Siemens.

On Monday, Mr Murthy had expressed hope that the industry and government could iron out all the problems through discussions and offered Infosys’ help if the Government pronounced its requirements.


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