A new technology to build long-lasting roads will be first used in the Bangalore central business district. The pilot phase of the Tender SURE (Specifications for Urban Road Execution) project, for which the state cabinet recently sanctioned Rs 78 crore, will begin by the end of November.
Seven of the 18 roads the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has identified to build using the method are in the business district and the work starts with St Mark’s, Richmond and Residency roads.
The project approved by the BBMP technical division in October last year was delayed as the tenders did not evoke response from infrastructure companies. NAPC, a Chennai-based subsidiary of the French company Vinci Construction, bid when the tender was floated for a third time and was awarded the contract.
The Rs 78-crore seven-road pilot project involves maintenance. NAPC has to also submit a daily progress report to the BBMP and allow monitoring and inspection by third parties.
BBMP commissioner M Lakshminarayana said Bangalore was the second city after New Delhi to use the international technology.
Tender SURE is a break from the much-criticised BBMP practice of awarding contracts to multiple vendors with a clout in the city council.
The redesign of the first roads to be built using the method will begin simultaneously with the construction. Division for pedestrians and vehicles will be based on a utility study of Jana Urban space. No additional land will be acquired and the focus will be on optimization of utility.
The 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.
Richmond Road, which is a hub of educational institutions and a public hot spot, will have additional space for auto-rickshaw stands and bus stops.
The second phase of the project will be implemented on the 600-metre Vittal Mallya Road — Siddalingaiah Circle at Kasturba Road to Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road — with three traffic lanes and four metres for pedestrians and cyclists on both sides.