Roads today are used as both networks for mobility in expanding cities and towns, as well as the means of access to individual dwellings. To improve the quality of life in our cities, the key is to get our road infrastructure right. This is the primary and critical network in any city. Our city roads or urban roads have a two-fold gap: the lack of design specifications; and a poor procurement process. The pot-holes on our roads reflect the holes in the process. The Urban roads are more complex as compared to the expressways/ highways since it houses many services underneath/above-grade, it and also caters to the people in their daily life hence it requires attention not only in designing but also while implementation.
So the initiative to repair the system of laying and maintaining these urban roads sprouted with the idea of having Tender SURE (specification for Urban Roads execution) in order to get best quality roads and services along, above and below it. Tender SURE is comprised in two parts one being the specification for urban roads as it provides guidelines for the people involved in designing and implementation and second the Tender document itself as the template prepared can be used by the government with their required modification for the contractors without giving them chances to find the loopholes.
Government of Karnataka (GoK) supported Tender S.U.R.E from its inception. In its recent budget, GoK has sanctioned 200crs to BBMP to develop 45 of Bangalore roads to develop as per Tender S.U.R.E standards. IUSF/BCCF is requested to provide Detailed Project Report (DPR) for 12 roads which eventually becomes a standard DPR template. For rest 33 roads standards & rationale is set by IUSF/BCCF which is followed by 6 consultants identified by BBMP.
The roads for which IUSF is providing the designs, includes mix of Arterial, Sub arterial, Collector and Local roads. Total length of twelve roads is around 15 kms and out of which eight roads form a loop with MG Road. Allocated budget for these 12 roads is 41 Crores. There are 15 major intersections within this network out of which 13 intersections are signalised. Residency, Richmond, Museum and St. Marks Road are major thorough fares and other 4 are local roads. Other 4 roads that are outside this loop are, Cunningham Road, Vittal Mallya Hospital Road, Kasturba Road and Lalbagh Road, which can be categorised under arterial roads.
INSPIRE (Integrated Spatial Planning including a Regional Emphasis) - A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ministry of Urban Development & India Urban Space Foundation on 23 April 2010.Project INSPIRE is a national level programme that focusses on improving the urban quality of life through developing robust master plans for the city or region. The current UDPFI guidelines will be updated with norms and standards that are pragmatic and responsive to the new & changing urban environment. The three key components of the project include the Data Book, Code Book & Framework Law.
A robust, well-structured guideline book has been envisaged through INSPIRE that will act as a toolkit towards smarter cities and towns. The key planning themes that will guide the planning process are Land & Housing, Economy & Livelihood, Transport & Connectivity, Networked Infrastructure, Social Infrastructure, Heritage & Environment. The spatial development plan will be demonstrated in the form of objectives as ‘service level benchmarks’ that rate the functional viability of each of the planning tool.
Chhindwara District Spatial Development Plan 2031 – On April 2012, as a pilot project Chhindwara District has been selected to demonstrate the INSPIRE framework for developing masterplans. The Vision document will provide a future growth strategy for the district and detailed spatial development plans for 6 growth towns. The Jaipur template on themes will be adopted for developing planning guidelines. This strategy will further guide in creating real-time implementation projects in each of the growth towns to further boast the economic growth and investment potential of all the towns.
In the last quarter Project INSPIRE focussed on delivering some of the key elements of the Code book as a part of providing the national level normative standards for future master planning under INSPIRE format. Another target was also to complete the vision document and start work on delivering the spatial development plans for the six growth towns of Chhindwara district using the INSPIRE toolkit.
The spatial plan for Chhindwara preparation is well-underway and aim to complete by end of September. In the last quarter the project has progressed at a brisk rate.
Out of the seven key themes under INSPIRE, Transport & Connectivity chapter has been completed in terms of providing normative standards and planning policy recommendations. The expert sub-committee level review is awaited for any updates before the final document is published.
Land and Housing and Heritage chapter has been completed and the draft report getting readied for review with the expert panel. Economy & Livelihood, Social and Networked Infrastructure Chapters are in the process of completion with intensive research and norms & policy compilation underway. The aim is to complete all three chapters in the next quarter.
The first presentation was made to Mr. Kamalnath on the 13th March 2012 and project handed over to India Urban Space Foundation. A District Level Vision document has been compiled with focused analysis of the overall district and proposed growth of 6 key towns in Chhindwara. Early April work began on analysis & data compilation on the selected 6 cities to develop spatial plans and continued through May. Second site visit for further data collection & site inspection happened between 11th – 14th April 2012.
GIS team has created spatial development plans for Sausar using ArcGIS Software. Sausar town Spatial Development Plan has been completed with an aim to provide future vision for spatial and economic growth of the town. Chhindwara, Pandhurna, Parasia & Jamai are the other key towns in design and planning stage and will be completed end of September.
Tripti Agarwal, GIS Manager, email@example.com
Project INSPIRE now focuses on completion of the INSPIRE book with all its key components of the Data book, Code book & Framework law. This format will be used as a template to evaluate the success of future master planning projects. The INSPIRE book will also be delivered to all local and regional development agencies as a requisite to planning benchmarks and a best practice guide to urban planning in the country.
Project Chhindwara focusses on provision a growth vision for the district. At the end of the exercise a document will be published consisting of 2 key ingredients: 1. Regional Plan document 2031 2.Spatial Development Plans for key growth cities.
India Urban Space Foundation under the wing of INSPIRE will continue to develop master plans, vision and benchmark documents and strategy manuals to support the awareness and spread of better urban planning norms within the country. In addition, training material will be developed as a part of the capacity building exercise for planning authorities.
Proposed Residential Density Map - Sausar
The proposed high density clusters will be concentrated along the key transit corridor and near to the town centre. Whereas the low density clusters will develop along the periphery.
Proposed Residential Density Map - Sausar
The map depicts the future growth parcels for Sausar town and overall pattern of growth for the town.
Proposed Land Use Plan - Sausar
The map depicts the spatial plan strategy for the town of Sausar upto 2031. The proposal includes introduction of various social and physical amenities for a more equitable distribution of resources.
Proposed Economic Map - Sausar
The map indicates the proposal for all future economic activities in the town such as industries, markets and mandis. The aim is to boost the revenue generation and employment of the town vis-à-vis economic development.
Proposed Green and Blue Map - Sausar
The map indicates the green strategy for the town such that the available natural features are developed into recreational green spaces for the use of the community.
Proposed Social Infrastructure Map - Sausar
The map indicates the provision of social amenities related infrastructure such as schools, health care centres, community spaces etc. This will further enhance the standard of life and encourage more people to come and live in the town.
Tender SURE tackles the cacophony of India's urban road woes providing a systematic, disciplined way to finally address the details of design, procurement, and execution of our city roads.