UltraTech Concrete, a division of UltraTech Cement Limited, and India’s largest manufacturer of ready-mix concrete recently supplied white topping concrete for the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE) Road in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The 9.5 Km link road and 4 km peripheral road will connect to the proposed 111 Km Bangalore Mysore Industrial Corridor (BMIC) expressway which is expected to reduce the 3-hour drive between the two cities to an hour.
White topping is the covering of an existing asphalt road with a layer of Portland cement concrete. It can be used on road surfaces where traditional asphalt surfaces have failed due to rutting or general deterioration. White topping concrete is known to improve the performance, durability and ride quality of road surfaces.While the lifespan of ordinary bitumen roads is 5-10 years, the designed service life of white topping concrete surfaces is around 25 – 30 years, and includes minimum maintenance cost. It ensures faster moving traffic due to improved ride quality and skid resistance. White topping is considered energy efficient as it saves 20-30% energy required for illumination due to better reflectivity. This property also helps to reduce accidents, especially during nights. Further, it is 100% recyclable after its service life, making it a green choice.