HSR Neighbourhood Improvement Plan Wins the Safer Roads, Safer India Challenge
By Sudeept Maiti Bangalore | 25 September 2014
Yesterday, Ashoka Changemakers and UL announced the HSR Neighbourhood Improvement Plan as winners of the ‘Safer Roads, Safer India: Game Changing Innovations that Save Lives’ Challenge. An expert panel of judges selected four winning entrepreneurs for innovation, social impact, and sustainability. Each will receive INR 300,000 in unrestricted funding to support their road safety innovations.
EMBARQ India has been working with the local BBMP Corporation on the HSR project over the last year, helping in designing infrastructure enhancements and mobility solutions towards developing this neighbourhood improvement plan for the ward.
This plan is a broad-based scheme that encompasses everything required for a residential area – civic, social, and cultural – by coordinating with various government and non-government agencies. The methodology adopted for this project will address the layers of mobility, ecology, infrastructure, public spaces, and the local economy.
The location of the Hosur Sarjapur Road (HSR) in Bangalore is critical in terms of connectivity since major arterial corridors – the Outer Ring Road and Hosur Road – edge this layout. However, a high concentration of cars and the lack of connected and meaningful public spaces in the HSR neighbourhood had compromised the quality of community life. Additionally, issues of safety and security had increased. In April 2013, EMBARQ India initiated the HSR Neighbourhood Improvement Plan. Under this project, the plan was to provide this neighbourhood with a safe access network that would improve community life by developing connectivity to the parks, playgrounds, and lakes in the vicinity.
The plan encompasses five broad interventions – Orientation and Wayfinding, Urban Green Habitat, Safe Access Networks, and Transport Networks and Public Space Design. The recommendations in the plan cover various issues like road improvement, streetlights, pavements, parking management, pedestrian safety, water management, infrastructure upgrade, solid waste management, walking zones, lake development, healthcare and education with the active participation of resident welfare organisations.
Under the ward’s ‘Namma HSR, Namma Neighbourhood’ green and safe neighbourhood initiative, EMBARQ India assisted in putting together a comprehensive plan with recommendations around pedestrian security, improvements to intersections, and universal accessibility. The initiative was led by the local corporator, Ms. K. Latha Narasimha Murthy and supported by members of the local Residents’ Welfare Associations. EMBARQ India assisted Ms. Murthy in the pilot on-ground implementation of improvements to the Gyana Shristi intersection.
HSR’s neighbourhood improvement plan has been the result of a unified effort by EMBARQ India and the neighbourhood improvement committee. The long-term plan is to use this project as a demonstration and leverage development of a similar nature in other neighbourhoods in the city of Bangalore.