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Bangalore's ride around MGRoad is likely to get smoother


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Bangalore's ride around MGRoad is likely to get smoother

Published: Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012, 13:30 IST
By Merlin Francis | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA

The BBMP has identified 20 roads in the central business district (CBD) and
the Metro corridor to implement Tender SURE (specifications for urban road
The BBMP has got the government's nod for it. Now, it will be mandatory
that all roads be built as per Tender SURE’s specifications. Tenders
will soon be called for the project, which was proposed by City Connect.
The BBMP and BMRCL will share the cost for re-laying the roads along the
Metro corridor.
“The Metro has not done anything for the (improvement of) roads along
Reach 1. Considering that more people will use the Metro if there are
better roads, they have agreed to share the cost of ` 50 crore,” said
BBMP commissioner MK Shankarlinge Gowda. Once other reaches of the Metro
are ready, the same policy will be followed, he added.
“It will be the BMRCL’s prerogative to ensure that the roads
along the Metro corridor and within 500 metres of the station are well
maintained,” said RK Mishra, member of Agenda for Bengaluru
Infrastructure and Development Task Force (ABIDe). He is also a member of
the BBMP's technical advisory committee
“We will begin with these roads, but whether all roads in the city
will be done in a similar manner will depend on funds. We will need a
partner,” said Gowda.
The corporation is open to tying up with institutes, software companies etc
to share the cost of improving the roads.
Another ABIDe member, Ashwin Mahesh, said not only is the project a good
start, but once the roadwork is completed, contractors will have to build
roads following these specifications.
“Although the cost of the project will be higher, the BBMP will save
in the long run, considering that the roads will last longer. It will also
cut down on scams and ensure transparency.”
The project
Tender SURE is a street design manual that gives specifications on how a
particular road should be built. Apart from detailing the amenities that
every road should have, it also specifies the materials that are to be used
for a particular kind catering to a specific type of traffic. SURE
specification roads ensure that water lines, OFC cables and electrical
cables are shifted to the roadside and are covered with a trench so that
work can be completed without digging up the road. The improved road will
also ensure right of way for pedestrians.

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