After a hiatus of three-years since the city was listed under the Centre’s ambitious Smart City project, Bengaluru will witness “Smart Roads” at 20 different locations.
Flagging of the work, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) issued work orders recently. The 20 selected roads located within the central business district (CBD) will provide motorists and pedestrians with advanced scientific facilities including smart signalling, light-controlled crossing for pedestrians, digital information boards to, smart dustbins, smart parking systems, solar charging ports and many other facilities. The civic body had floated tenders for the project worth Rs 230 crore during November 2018 and had finalised bidders in March 2019.
A senior engineer attached to the Smart City Project at BBMP said, “The work on these roads will begin in 15 days, soon after the board meeting of the Smart City Project cell which is scheduled to be held on May 21. The work will be completed in about 15 months.” Currently, the BBMP is finalising the bidder to take up several other roads under the same project in Phase-2. “As many as 16 roads will be part of Phase-2 at a cost of about Rs 208 crore under six packages. The civic body will also take up work of laying cobblestones along Commercial Street between Jumma Masjid junction and Kamaraj Road junction at a cost of Rs 8 crore to make it completely a pedestrian zone.
List of Smart Roads:
Kamaraj Road to Jumma Masjid Road
M G Road to Commercial Street
Dickenson Road to Kingston Kingsten Road
M G Road to kamaraj Road(via Dickenson Road)
Infantry Road from Ali Askar Road to Safina Plaza Complex (Main Guard Cross Road)
M G Road to Shivajinagar Bus Stand (TTMC) and upto Balekundri Junction
Bowring Hospital Road from Main Guard Cross Road to HSIS Gosha Hospital
Millers Road from Chalukya Circle to Cantonment Via Queens Road
Raj Bhavan Road from Minsk Square to Basaveshwara Circle
Mcgrath Road from Brigade Road upto Richmond Circle
Convent Road from Richmond Road to Residency Road
Hayes Road from Richmond Road to Residency Road
Wood Street from Museum Road to Richmond Road
Castle Street from Museum Road to Richmond Road
Tate Lane from Richmond Road to Castle Street
Kasturba Road from Siddalingaiah Circle to Minsq Square via Queens via Queens Statue (MG Road)
Queens Road from M G Road to Cantonment Railway Station
Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road from Richmond Circle Hudson Circle
Lavelle Road from M G Road to Richmond Circle
Brigade Road from M G Road to War Memorial Junction.