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TenderSURE project still on papers

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JAYASIMHA

BENGALURU: Phase one of TenderSURE road up gradation project is not yet ready, 17 months after Chief Minister Siddaramaiah inaugurated two roads (St.Mark’s road and Vittal Mallya Road) out of seven roads under phase one.

After inaugurating St Mark’s road and Vittal Mallya Road in June 2015 Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had assured that the remaining roads under phase one would be completed by January 2016. But now it’s January 2017, the roads have not returned to normalcy.  TenderSURE(Specifications for Urban Roads Execution): is a publication containing guidelines on India’s first design and specifications for urban roads.

TenderSURE road standards mandate the integration of networked services under the road as water, sewage, power, gas, and storm water drains etc. The design of TenderSURE roads also prioritises the comfort and safety of pedestrians, street vendors and cyclists. The design and planning for this project were done by an NGO named Janagraha Urban Space Foundation (janaUSP).

The project started on seven roads under phase one in January 2014. Phase one of the project should have been completed by January 2016. Works only on St.Marks road and Vittal Mallya have been completed.

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WORK IN PROGRESS AT RICHMOND ROAD   Credits: JAYASIMHA

Works on others roads have been half completed causing inconvenience to lakhs of commuters who travel through these roads.

These roads fall under Central Business District (CBD) and being the central part of Bengaluru connect to all parts of the city and have intensely dense traffic.

Reshma, an activist from Forum for Urban Governance and Commons said that from the documents available it is very evident that this project was pushed through the state government on BBMP.

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