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Karnataka Government urges IT firms to extend work from home till December 2022, cites metro construction work

Due to the proposed metro line from Central Silk Board to KR Puram on the Outer Ring Road, the employees may have to face problems.

Due to the proposed metro construction work on the Outer Ring Road in Karnataka, a letter has been sent to the companies on behalf of the Department of Electronics, Information Technology, TV and Science and Technology. It has been advised that companies should continue work from home till December 2022.

In its letter to the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), the Department of Electronics, Information Technology said, “BMRCL is starting metro construction works on Outer Ring Road (ORR) from Central Silk Board to KR Puram and the construction of the same could extend to about 1.5 to 2 years. The ORR houses many large Tech Parks and IT Company campuses and carries large amount of traffic throughout the day. The ORR despite having six lanes and service roads is infamous for its perennial traffic congestion.”

EV Ramana Reddy, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Electronics, has said that this work can go on for one and a half to two years. Therefore companies should continue work from home keeping in mind the interest of the employees.

Commissioner of Urban Land Transport Directorate V. Manjula said that if the companies feel that work from home cannot be increased further, then the firms will consider it. Companies should encourage their employees to travel by bus, motorcycle. On the other hand, EV Ramana Reddy said this is just an advice from the government Companies are not required to accept this. If necessary, IT firms can also start work from office.

The Karnataka government emphasised that in the coronavirus pandemic situation, with IT companies working from home (WFH) provided some relief to traffic movement on Outer Ring Road. However, with the start of metro construction on ORR, it would be extremely difficult to manage traffic movement on ORR, especially if the IT companies resume work from the office.

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However, the state government said it has taken some measures by implementing Bus Priority Lanes (BPL) and safe cycle lanes to provide alternate options for the mobility of people working or passing through ORR.

In other India news, Union Minister Narayan Rane has been granted bail by Raigad Magistrate Court in one of the FIRs filed against him for slapping remarks against Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray.

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