Bengaluru’s MG Road and Brigade Road, the busiest stretches in the city, are all set for a makeover. They will soon have free wi-fi, e-rickshaws stands, public bicycle sharing system, e-toilets, sensor-based dustbins and water ATMs.
This ambitious project is part of the Rs 2,090 crore smart city plan.
At least seven kilometres of roads in the central business district will be converted into SmartSURE roads, BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad said.
These roads will have 50 smart card-enabled public bicycle sharing points, 30 e-rickshaw stands, 35 e-toilets, 420 sensor-based smart dustbins and 50 designated vending kiosks. The vending kiosks will be connected to 1200 telecom towers and will also double up as street lights.
Apart from MG Road and Brigade Road, Commercial Street and roads in the vicinity of the Vidhana Soudha will also come under this plan.
Bengaluru was shortlisted last month in the central government's smart city plan.
“Apart from these areas, Cantonment area, Pete and old market and commercial areas like Chickpete, Avenue Road will come under smart city plan,” Prasad added.
“Around 51.6km of roads in the city will be redeveloped by TenderSURE for the smart city plan,” he said.
Apart from this, there are plans to give the Shivajinagar and KR Market bus stands a makeover.
Russel Market, Cubbon Park, Malleshwaram Market, KR Market, Ulsoor and Swathanthra Palya Slum will also be taken up under the Smart City project.
However, the BBMP is yet to call for tenders for these projects.