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Shopping is unlikely to be a seamless experience on Brigade Road for the next few months as it’s being redeveloped under the Smart City project. According to the authorities, a 50-50 model will be adopted for executing the work — while 50 metres of the pavement on one side will be out of bounds for pedestrians, the footpath on the other side will be open.

Pedestrian walkways will be developed first, followed by relaying of the road. The project is expected to be completed by June. Brigade Road is among the nine streets being revamped by Bengaluru Smart City Limited (BSCL) at a cost of Rs 32.3 crore.

“People are hardly able to walk on Brigade Road as the pavements on either side are either occupied by hawkers or are in bad shape. This needs to change,” said Rajendra Cholan, managing director, BSCL.

To ensure minimum inconvenience is caused to walkers, Cholan has drawn up what he calls the ‘50-50 plan.’ “The first 50 metres of the pavement on one side of Brigade Road (from MG Road) is blocked for pedestrians and work is being taken up there. Pedestrian movement is allowed on the other side,” he explained.

Bills for the contractors will be withheld if work on the first 50-metre stretch is not over before the next portion is taken up. “Many utilities need to be shifted before work begins in a full-fledged manner. This will take time. Once the pavements are ready, we will fix the roads, which will hardly take a week,” said a official from BSCL.

Traders worried

Sohail Yusuf, secretary of Brigade Shops and Establishment Association, says the developmental work is causing more loss than gain. “The project was to begin in November but due to festivities, we requested it be pushed to a later date. They have begun the work now,” he said.

Naresh Nagpal, owner of Fifth Avenue on Brigade Road, said with business already being hit by the pandemic, the redevelopment work is worrisome. “There are hardly any customers and the rents are very high. We are doomed,” Nagpal said, adding: “We are supporting the Smart City work but there should be coordination between agencies.”

“The contractors are coordinating with the traders and we have requested them to commence the work as soon as possible,” added Cholan.

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Autor(en)/Author(s): Nithya Mandyam

Quelle/Source: The Times of India, 29.01.2021

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