Attempts at building longer lasting roads, on the lines of similar efforts in New Delhi, have begun in Bangalore with NAPC — a Chennai-based subsidiary of the French company Vinci Construction — starting work under the BBMP’s Rs 78 crore Tender Sure project on recasting two main roads in central Bangalore: St Mark’s Road and Cunningham Road.
The commencement of the implementation of the project has resulted in the traffic police banning parking on entire stretches of roads where they are set to be re-laid. Deep trenches have been dug on the sides of both St Mark’s Road and Cunningham Road.
The pilot phase of the Tender SURE (Specifications for Urban Road Execution) project, which aims to use new technologies to build longer lasting roads, was sanctioned last year by the Congress government after it came to power in May.
The implementation was originally set to begin in November last year but began only this year. The BBMP has identified deployment of the new technology on seven of the 18 roads in the CBD in Bangalore. The seven-road project puts the entire onus of maintenance on the contractor, who has to submit a daily progress report to the BBMP, apart from allowing third party inspections.
According to the BBMP commissioner M Lakshminarayana, Bangalore is the second city after New Delhi to use the international technology.
As per the plan, St Mark’s Road link between Anil Kumble Circle at MG Road in the north and Cash Pharmacy Junction at Residency Road will have a uniform traffic flow with nine metres for vehicular movement and four for parking on either side.
The 1.5-km Cunningham Road, which provides equal space to motorists and pedestrians, will see the introduction of demarcated safe zones. The Residency and Commissariat roads will have dedicated 1.5 metres for parking, pedestrians, cyclist and vendors and demarcated routes for public and private vehicles.