Tender SURE Community Participation Event

Tender SURE Community Participation Event

Jana USP has designed twelve roads in Bangalore under Tender SURE (Specifications for Urban Roads Execution), of which seven in the city centre will be taken up during Phase 01, and subsequent phases of the project will adhere to guidelines developed by Jana USP for intelligent road design. The seven roads under Phase 01 are Museum Road, Cunningham road, Commissariat road, St Mark’s road, Vittal Mallya Hospital road, Residency road and Richmond road. The construction firm NAPC has been awarded the contract for the project after a rigorous and transparent tendering process. To learn more about Tender SURE, click here.

Jana Urban Space Foundation organized a community participation event in collaboration with I Change My City on the 23rd of November 2013 at Rotary Hall in Lavelle Road in order to kickstart Tender SURE Phase 01. This was an opportunity for residents and businesses on the roads to be redesigned to voice their concerns and opinions, to get involved and learn more about Tender SURE. The event saw a large turnout, the result of painstaking work by the JanaOnline and Grassroots teams from Janaagraha, who went door to door and individually spoke to residents living on and directly off the roads to be redesigned.

The panel of speakers for the event included Swati Ramanathan, Chairperson, Jana Urban Space Foundation; N A Haris, Shanti Nagar MLA; Lakshminarayana, BBMP Commissioner; Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, member of Bangalore City Connect Foundation and Ugandhar Dhanyamraju, Chief Operating Officer, NAPC.

Each of the speakers brought different perspectives to the table as they detailed the 5 year process during which they collaborated tirelessly in order to ensure that Tender SURE saw the light of day. Swati Ramanathan, the Chairperson of Jana USP, and the person who conceived of and designed the entire project, opened the event and stressed that Tender SURE was all about addressing the issues that have made Indian roads so notorious for their chaotic traffic and poor infrastructure, and constructing superior quality roads that would last at least 10 years without needing any repairs. She concluded by asking for volunteers from amongst the residents to come forward and act as Tender SURE Mitras, who would represent the residents concerns’ to the government throughout the life of the project, as well as communicate project updates to the public. She also called upon all residents to sign up and join the online communities for their respective roads on “I Change my City”‘s online platform.

After the speeches, the floor was opened to questions from the audience. Most questions dealt with concerns about timelines and site safety during construction work, the extent of inconvenience to the public during construction, and specific questions on amenities such as cycle tracks.

The first phase of Tender SURE thus began with a first of its kind open door session that brought together and enrolled all stakeholders. It was an important first step in ensuring better and more transparent urban governance, and provided a space where government officials and citizens could come together to discuss initiatives that have the potential to improve life in Indian cities.

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