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Old April 2nd, 2017, 07:50 AM   #1261
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BBMP floats bids for TenderSURE roads in Majestic, KR Market

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BENGALURU: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has floated tenders for development of roads under TenderSURE in two of the city's old areas -Majestic and K R Market.

"The roads taken up for development under Phase 3 of the TenderSURE project include Subedar Chatram Road, Gubbi Thotadappa Road, Dhanvanthri Road, WH Hanumantappa Road, the roads around Gandhinagar (Majestic), in addition to the roads around K R Market. The roads will be developed at a cost of about Rs 95 crore," said a senior BBMP official.

Detailed project reports of 13 of the 50 new roads identified for development under TenderSURE in Phase 3 are ready, and tenders for six roads have been floated.

After inaugurating the first set of TenderSURE roads -St Mark's Road and Vittal Mallya Hospital Road -in June 2015, CM Siddaramaiah had announced that the government would redevelop 50 roads on the same model.

Phase 1, 2 not over yet: Though the civic body has initiated Phase 3 of the project, not all stretches under Phase 1 and Phase 2 (15.5 km) have been completely repaired.

Officials said work on Residency Road and Richmond Road, part of Phase 1, are yet to be finished.The CM had promised that Phase 1would be completed by January last year. Work under Phase 2 is also under progress.Work on Nrupatunga Road is still on after it got delayed after environmentalists opposed felling of trees there.

While civil work on KG Road is almost over, Modi Hospital Road, Siddaiah Puranik Road and Jayanagara 11th Main are not yet ready.
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Old April 8th, 2017, 11:12 AM   #1262
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Jayanagar 11th main work is going on from the Marenahalli road end, and I got a chance to check it out recently. The platform near the 5th block park is very nice and walkable, though I am not very happy with the quality. For example, the gaps between the tiles aren't properly sealed and will come off in the first set of rains. I am hoping that's because the work is not yet completed - hopefully they'll do a final check before completion.
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Old April 13th, 2017, 12:47 PM   #1263
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Bad sweeping practices main cause for roads getting flooded

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Basavaraj Kabade, executive engineer, BBMP in-charge of TenderSURE roads, said that flooding had more to do with bad road sweeping practices than with road geometry or gradient.
“Our sweepers tend to push all the dust, leaves and other waste on the road against the gratings put up to let water into the drain. This is what clogs the drains, we have realised. Once these drains are cleaned, water logging is solved. We are thinking of a separate sweeping contract for tender sure roads,” he said.
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Old April 18th, 2017, 04:25 PM   #1264
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Old April 23rd, 2017, 06:26 AM   #1265
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Richmond road tendersure is solid. Loved it. First time want to walk in India (parts I have seen)
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Old April 24th, 2017, 03:40 PM   #1266
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Goes to show, if road markings are done well, it can induce some discipline among road users
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Old April 26th, 2017, 06:38 AM   #1267
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Calls for vehicle-free zones grow louder in Bengaluru



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Walking through Commercial Street is not an easy feat with honking vehicles brushing past as you jostle through the crowded, narrow alleys. If this situation holds true for you, then you aren’t alone.
The clamour to turn the busy shopping destination vehicle-free is growing louder.
According to Bengaluru Traffic Police, areas like Commercial Street, Church Street, Brigade Road, Chickpet, Avenue Road, Indiranagar, Koramangala and HSR Layout can be made vehicle-free on weekends only if residents and trader associations express interest and show initiative.
“Cubbon Park has already been turned traffic-free on Sundays. We are happy to facilitate vehicle-free stretches on weekends if residents and traders approach us. Several places like Commercial Street and Avenue Road that see high pedestrian movements could be converted into vehicle-free areas,” said Additional Police Commissioner (Traffic) R Hithendra.
Last year, Bengaluru Traffic Police and Commercial Street Traders Association banned movement of vehicles for a few hours on a weekend but the move later lost steam.
The city could probably take a cue from its neighbouring metropolis Chennai, which is all set to turn its commercial centre T Nagar and surrounding areas vehicle-free.
Many regular visitors to Commercial Street say the shopping hub is losing its charm because of increasing number of vehicles. “I used to go to Commercial Street regularly but not any more. It’s chaotic and polluted because of the vehicles and there is hardly any space to walk as pavements are encroached on. It’s high time vehicles are banned on bylanes like Dispensary Road, Ebrahim Sahib Street and Narayan Pillai Street,” said 65-year-old K Sarojamma.
Ajay Motwani, vice-president of Commercial Street Association, said, “We welcome the move to restrict vehicles on weekends but authorities should also provide parking spaces and create awareness among customers.” He said cab pick-up points could also be earmarked for those visiting Commercial Street. “We will get more customers if roads are made pedestrian-friendly.”
Experts say imposing congestion tax during peak hours and banning cars in Central Business District (CBD) areas would encourage pedestrians.
While BBMP started building wider pavements in CBD areas under TenderSURE project, its proposed multi-level parking facilities still remain on paper.
“I have stopped going to CBD areas for shopping mainly because of the inadequate parking facilities. If I park on the roadside, traffic police may tow away the vehicle and impose hefty fines and a majority of commercial establishments don’t have parking spaces,” said Suresh T R, a resident of Koramangala.
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Old April 27th, 2017, 05:56 PM   #1268
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Don’t know what the yellow grids in Bengaluru’s traffic junctions mean? Time to pay attention

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If you don’t know what they mean and have ignored them thus far, it might be time to pay attention. Ignorance could burn deep holes in your pockets through heavy traffic fines.
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According to the Bengaluru Traffic Police, these yellow criss-cross patterns are being painted across all heavily congested traffic junctions defined by the police as zero-tolerance zones. The yellow grids will help the police ensure that vehicles can move smoothly through, and pedestrians can easily cross these busy junctions.
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The rules against vehicles stopping in the middle of traffic junctions have always existed. But it’s only after the CBD roads were renovated under the TenderSure project that the police have begun explicitly marking junctions in order to enforce the rules strictly.
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Any vehicle that stops and stands on the yellow grid or is within the grid when the lights have turned yellow or red, will automatically be fined. And they cannot give the excuse that they were blocked by traffic ahead of them, as they are not supposed to move into the well of the junction unless the way is clear.
Vehicles are only allowed to stop on the yellow grid when they are turning right, if the vehicle ahead of them is also turning or while waiting for oncoming vehicles to pass.
“If the signal is green and your car is parked in the grid, then it will be a wrong parking offence. And if you have jumped the signal, you would be fined for jumping the traffic signal, and for reckless and dangerous driving,” Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic and Planning), Kasim Raja, told The News Minute.
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Thanks to the traffic cameras installed at all of these junctions, the police say they will enforce the rules and fine violators even if there are no officers present on the spot.
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Currently, there are 11 such grid painted junctions, including a few outside the CBD such as the Sony World Junction in Koramangala. The police plan to paint a total of 100 such crossing across the city in the coming months.
Already, the police have begun booking a large number of cases in this regard. A total of 1,800 offences related to these grid lines were registered on Saturday, March 26, alone.
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Old May 2nd, 2017, 02:00 PM   #1269
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It shows your good intent to expect lane discipline but look closely, there are 7 vehicles waiting to use 4 lanes, this habit of squeezing in 8 lanes out of 4 will never change and we'll continue to have the same average speed, not because of road capacity but due to haphazard driving and lack of lane discipline.

Until the 2 and 3 wheelers (who are the main reason most of the time) learn to drive in a lane, not in the space between lanes, things will always remain dangerous, accident prone, and reduce average speed. Only when there is some guarantee that lane discipline is going to be observed by everyone, there will be jostling to get ahead and ensuring the speed is reduced for everyone.

I'm not saying cars don't do this but instances are less as they can't squeeze past in-between lanes.

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Old May 2nd, 2017, 03:03 PM   #1270
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^ attitude change required. When will it happen? We can't brandish a cane on every one. Majority driving in India are not considerate to others. Only they exist on road. I don't know why this narrow mind and lack of civility.
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Only they exist on road. I don't know why this narrow mind and lack of civility.
It comes from a scarcity mindset we have been conditioned to when growing up. Competing for literally everything from the moment we are born - school admissions, college admissions, water, food (remember the ration shops of old?), govt services, railway tickets, automobiles (those who grew up in the eighties would remember), phone connections, jobs, business permits, export quotas, etc. Some of these were forced upon us due to our straitened circumstances at independence, but many were artificially created by the govt to extract rent. So what happened is that we feel we have to fight for everything to get something.

The same attitude manifests on the road - narrow roads and too many vehicles. No space for pedestrians. No space for shops (see next post). The narrow roads again was due to artificial constraints of a so-called socialist economy - our govt felt that we cannot "afford" city planning (really?), so cities were never given a portion of the revenue they generated and had to go begging the state to give some funds. That's why our cities with few exceptions are in such shambles, and the ones abroad are so different. So the roads built for a socialist economy with few vehicles (for which the waiting list went for years back then) cannot handle the result when the artificial constraints have been removed today.

It is ironic that the few planned parts of our cities that are still eminently liveable were done when we were dirt poor - Chandigarh, Basavanagudi and Jayanagar in BLR, Adyar, Anna Nagar, KK Nagar in Chennai, west and south Delhi, etc. Where was this socialism then?
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Old May 6th, 2017, 08:38 AM   #1272
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Roadside shops are the way India does its business. But thanks to unimaginative planning (of what passes for it), we imported a city planning pattern from Europe/UK or wherever and outlawed all these shops with the Shops and Establishments Act. They still mushroom because people walk around to shop and buy from these shops. Instead of understanding that behaviour and designing our cities and roads to accommodate that properly, we are pushing an artificial city model that is not reflective of our practices, so platforms have only so much space, shops end up as encroachments for which they have to pay hafta, pedestrians spill on to the road putting themselves in danger, free parking (but even that has scarcity :-)) means everyone takes their personal vehicle adding to congestion, and the overall look of our city roads look unruly and chaotic. A few good initiatives like metro, tender sure, TTMCs, etc. succeed only in parts and do not add up to the whole.

A good city planner would first try to understand our behavioural patterns and design public spaces accordingly. For example, in commercial places make inner streets pedestrian only and elsewhere provide a 15-20 feet wide platform with half the space legally earmarked for vendors. Minimal rules and permits for these vendors - just register and pay a small license fee and open a shop. Only enforcement is not exceed the allotted space and not litter. Making these establishments legal means they don't have to pay hafta, they continue to have business and keep more of their earnings to themselves. Proper walking spaces means pedestrians and shoppers don't have to spill onto the road and stay safe and shop without worrying about traffic. Steep parking charges that vary with demand to discourage private vehicles so we can have these wider platforms in the first place. Introduce tramways in some stretches to easily get around within the zone - I can think of one around the 4th blk hub of Jayanagar. Of course, more city buses.

Point is, there are ways to make our cities livable, but for that to happen, our mindset needs to change. Only then can we change the institutional set up (let cities keep more of their revenue, more local accountability, etc.), which can eventually translate into real improvements on the ground. It's a long haul, are we ready for it?
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Old May 13th, 2017, 05:39 AM   #1273
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Old May 13th, 2017, 07:26 AM   #1274
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^ the road to heaven is through hell in India. Especially Bengaluru wherever bbmp is involved. It's dreadful when they start any work as the surroundings will be unlivable for years. Sad!
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Old May 16th, 2017, 04:28 PM   #1276
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Tendersure is Siddu's regimes effort.
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Old May 16th, 2017, 06:13 PM   #1277
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Sharing few pics of TenderSURE roads that were opened today...

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Old May 16th, 2017, 06:15 PM   #1278
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Here's another one...the pedestrian pavement looks

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Old May 16th, 2017, 06:18 PM   #1279
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That's just too wide...

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Old May 16th, 2017, 06:20 PM   #1280
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Which road is this??...

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