The recent state budget has funding for projects including five signal-free corridors (Rs 426 crore), upgradation of 45 roads (Rs 200 crore) and Metro Corridor Reach-1 from Bypanahalli to Kumble Circle (Rs 65 crore). The first two are to be funded by the state government and the latter to be funded equally by BBMP & BMRCL. DPRs (Detailed Project Reports) are getting ready. I hope the tendering process gets underway in June/July.
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A BBMP underpass in JP Nagar. File pic: Yograj Mudalgi
Pilots for each of these projects is to be ready soon for the public to suggest improvements –
1. Signal free corridor pilot on Old Airport Road from Manipal Hospital to Domlur
2. Metro corridor pilot along and around Indiranagar station
3. Road upgrade pilot at War Memorial -junction of Brigade Road and Residency Road. This is based on Tender SURE, a specification for planning and design for roads developed by Bangalore City Connect Foundation.
These models should be ready by August end.
The signal free corridors are long stretches of arterial roads. It starts from Whitefield and goes to Vellara Jn via Marathahalli, HAL and Domlur. This work will include removing signals using underpasses at junctions Kundalahalli, HAL and Wind Tunnel Road. Apart from that, signal removal roads will be provided with proper footpath, median, street lights, bus bays, utility ducts, bus shelters & other amenities as you would see in other international cities.
The pilot from Manipal to Domlur will showcase road improvements as underpasses take time to complete. At the War memorial junction, the road will be made user friendly for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. A good example is Vittal Mallya Road, which was recently upgraded by private parties.
We are trying to showcase small pilot stretches to get feedback from designers, test the materials and give some idea of the project to Bangaloreans. I would also like to mention that as this is not a roadwidening project, there will be no tree cutting.