With the relief of the rain, it’s back to the office for businesses on ORR

“People using the stretch should exercise caution and take note of weather conditions, if any, for possible impact on travel time”

“People using the stretch should exercise caution and take note of weather conditions, if any, for possible impact on travel time”

While the city has gotten some relief from the rain in recent days, employees of the Outer Ring Road (ORR) companies will be back in the office from Monday after switching to working from home last week following a flooding in the area after a downpour.

Last week leading to flooding on the ORR in the eastern part of Bangalore, the Outer Ring Road Companies Association (ORRCA) called on almost a million tech and banking workers employed by various companies from the ORR region to work from home for the whole of last week.

The ORRCA, which is a representation of several IT and banking companies along the stretch from the Silk Board Junction to the KR Puram Corridor, issued a notice on Sunday stating, “Most companies plan to resume business as usual. from September 12 (Monday). Repairs to the outer ring road and arteries continue. Please monitor traffic and weather conditions, if any, for possible impact on travel time. »

“Since the water was removed from the Eco Space and the ORR section, the road is now accessible without any bottlenecks, which is why many companies have asked their employees to come to the office. But still , people using the stretch should exercise caution and take note of applicable weather conditions for possible impact on travel time,” said ORRCA Chief Executive Officer Krishna Kumar. The Hindu.

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is clearing properties that have encroached on storm sewers (rajakaluves) near ORR resulting in widespread flooding on the stretch. Recently, the municipal authorities demolished a path as well as a wall in a technology park on the outer ring road, to block the SWD which was connected to Lake Bellandur.

They also built a temporary parallel drain, which is about 300m down the service road at the same location, to ensure there would be no flooding in the event of heavy rain. The drain was connected to a culvert to evacuate the water.

Meanwhile, employees are still not ready to come to the office as they have seen worse during the rain on ORR. Prasanth Rao, a technician working in an ORR IT company, said: ‘We were asked to come to the office from Monday but we are still worried about the rain. Every evening, the city receives an unpredictable downpour. Therefore, going to the office is always scary due to flooding.

“It is better for companies to wait and watch until the weather returns to normal and see again if the floods do not occur on the stretch and call us to work in the office,” he added.

Bellandur resident Deepthi M. said water was still being pumped from some properties on the stretch over the weekend. “The authorities are still pumping water from the road and leaving it in nearby sewers. It has been almost a week since the rain stopped but standing water is visible on the roads,” she added.

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