Bengaluru, July 18: To attain the status of ‘Smart’ in every aspect, Bengaluru is heading towards futuristic goals. Bengaluru soon will have ‘Smart Roads’ which will be equipped with IoT (Internet of Things) solutions for citizens. Bengaluru was shortlisted under the Smart Cities Mission.
To attain ‘Smart Sure’ roads, the goal of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP); the roads will have 50 smart card-enabled public bicycle sharing points, 30 e-rickshaw stands, 35 e-toilets, water ATMs, 420 sensor-based smart dustbins and 50 designated vending kiosks – all of which will be connected to 1,250 smart telecom towers, also doubled as street light poles. Another great achievement is that the smart roads will have free Wi-Fi connectivity.
Approximately, 7 km of roads in the central business district area of Bengaluru including MG Road, Brigade Road and Commercial Street will be covered under this plan.
Bengaluru was shortlisted under the Smart Cities Mission only last month, after the BBMP’s third attempt to include it in the project. The authorities have chosen 21.8 sq km of the city’s core area for the project. This comprises the historic Pete and Cantonment with old markets and commercial hubs of MG Road, Brigade Road, Chickpet, Avenue road and Commercial Street under Area-Based Development (ABD). These are stipulated to receive Rs 1,166 Crore under the Smart City project.