No more tripping on MG Road!

Rs 8 crore to upgrade footpaths as per TenderSure norms

BENGLAURU: Tripping and spraining your legs while walking on uneven footpaths will be a thing of the past as the BBMP is contemplating comprehensive development of pedestrian ways across the city.

Footpaths will be upgraded on the lines of TenderSure to ensure that walking on these paths is a pleasure.

One of the stretches identified is MG Road, where the footpath will be developed at a cost of '8 crore.

Once completed, it will resemble TenderSure kerbs, without the utility ducts running under it. Already, TenderSure footpaths have been appreciated by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

“Priority will be given to aesthetics with bollards to make walking a pleasure and to prevent motorists from parking on footpaths. Since the other side of the MG road, boulevard, has been developed beautifully, the footpath too will be upgraded,” a BBMP source said.

A total of Rs 40 crore has been earmarked for the development of footpaths along the Namma Metro corridor, except underground stretch, measuring about 20-odd kilometres.

Footpaths beneath Metro corridor will be developed on cost-sharing basis with the BBMP alone spending about Rs 32 crore.

Already tenders have been floated for both footpath upgradation and constructing medians. Some of the areas where median work will be taken up are Mekhri Circle, Sankey Road and Nagarbhavi area.

The BBMP has prepared a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for both footpath upgradation and median works.

Panel to relook at road widening

Bengaluru: Mayor Manjunath Reddy recommended the setting up of a committee under Special Commissioner (Projects) in order to
re-examine the roads, which were notified for widening about a decade

Addressing a review meeting on Tuesday, Reddy said in 2005-06, as many as 216 roads were notified for widening. While 92 roads fall under core areas, 124 are located in newly-added areas.

He said since the roads were chosen long ago, there was a need to re-examine whether widening was necessary in all the roads.

Reddy stressed that in last 10 years, only 32 roads were widened out of the proposed 216 and works were being carried out on 13 roads.

( Source : deccan chronicle )
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